The Idiocracy Creeps Up On An Unsuspecting Aging Population
US workers may be significantly less literate in 2030 than they are today.Source.
The reason: Most baby boomers will be retiring and a large wave of less-educated immigrants will be moving into the workforce. This downward shift in reading and math skills suggests a huge challenge for educators and policymakers in the future, according to a new report from the Educational Testing Service (ETS).
If they can't reverse the trend, then it could spell trouble for a large swath of the labor force, widen an already large skill gap, and shrink the middle class.
....The decline in literacy is one of the more startling projections in a report that examines what it calls a "perfect storm" of converging factors and how those trends are likely to play out if left unchecked.
The three factors identified are: a shifting labor market increasingly rewarding education and skills, a changing demographic that include a rapid-growing Hispanic population, and a yawning achievement gap, particularly along racial and socioeconomic lines, when it comes to reading and math.
....One factor that's been gaining increasing attention lately is the changing economic rewards in an economy in which demand for manufacturing and lower skilled labor is declining. It's become tougher for workers without higher education – or higher cognitive skills – to get the sort of job that can support a family.
But exacerbating the changes such an economic shift is causing are demographic factors, researchers say. Baby boomers are retiring and being replaced by less-skilled workers. A combination of immigration and population growth means that the share of the population that is Hispanic is expected to grow from 14 percent in 2005 to more than 20 percent by 2030. More than half of the immigrant Hispanics lack a high school diploma.
What the Monitor will never tell you is that immigration policy allows--even encourages--less intelligent and capable immigrants to stay, at the expense of more intelligent and capable immigrants. I am a very politically incorrect person to even suggest such a thing. Nevertheless, it turns.
In addition, social policy and tax policy in combination discourage more intelligent person's from having children and encourage less intelligent persons to give birth. There--I've done it again! Bad boy, bad boy!
Finally, educational methods and policies encourage a groupthink mentality oriented toward less intelligent and capable students, and discourage independent thinking more suitable to students at the upper ends of the intelligence and competence curves. As a result, the leadership potential of students is being steadily destroyed by the government endorsed system of education. Only a radical--in the true sense of the word--rethinking of education can make the best of the education situation.
Idiocracy--not just a film, but a coming way of life.
Hat tip: Steve Sailer