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  • Nov 23rd, 2010 @ 8:34am

    Re: Re: Poison Cup - Busting the Myth of Inferiority in Sci & Tech

    America’s Got Talent:

    1. American 4th and 8th graders outperformed their German classmates in the latest round of TIMSS, the prestigious math and science international test.[1] India and China , the two countries where tech companies recruit most from, don’t participate in TIMSS[2].
    2. Black Computer Science graduates essentially reached parity in 2006; no longer can they be dismissed as an “under-represented minority”.[3]
    3. Over the past decade, US colleges and universities graduated roughly three times more scientists and engineers than were employed in the growing science and technology workforce.[4]
    4. American’s don’t need science degrees to work in science and tech jobs, especially Information Technology. 40% of these jobs were held by liberal arts graduates from academic years 1997-2000.[5]

    America Needs Equal Opportunity to Be Competitive:

    1. "H-1B workers may be hired even when a qualified U.S. worker wants the job, and a U.S. worker can be displaced from the job in favor of the foreign worker," according to theDepartment of Labor's Strategic Plan, Fiscal Years 2006-2011.
    2. Americans face "H1-b Only" or " OPT Only" want ads for US job openings; many advertising free training and green cards.[6]
    3. Silicon Valley now has fewer White, Black, Hispanic and Female IT professionals than in 2000.[7]
    4. 55% of America ’s “best and brightest” STEM graduates, those with the higest GPAs, didn't land jobs in STEM fields in the late ‘90s.[5]
    5. Microsoft, Intel, Goldman Sachs and other American companies have increased their hiring abroad while laying off thousands of Americans in 2009.[8]

    It's time to play fair now. We’ve got an over abundance of experienced tech professionals and an oversupply of new science & technology graduates whom we have paid dearly to educate.

    IT pros can shape the circumstances they face by joining the emerging political trend to end legal employment discrimination against American talent.

    This will also stop the offshoring of top-dollar white collar jobs, end the despicable practice of forcing us to train our foreign replacements, and prevent companies from displacing us from our jobs in favor of foreign citizens.

    [1] New York Times, 12/09/08
    [3] Nov/Dec 2008 issue of NSBE Magazine/Career Engineer.
    [4] Lindsay Lowell, Director of Policy Studies, Georgetown University
    [5] "Steady as She Goes Three Generations of Students through the Science and Engineering Pipeline", Heldrich Center for Workforce Development, Rutgers University
    [6] Businessweek, March 31, 2009
    [7] Mercury News, 2/13/2010
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