Bending the Third Rail
Because We Should, We Can, We Do
Monday, January 09, 2006
A Further Decline
While we sit over here and fight about intelligent design versus actual science, China is steadily investing in its future.

China is putting tremendous effort behind its plan to transform itself from the world's factory into an innovative high-tech laboratory. The country and its 1.3 billion people seem ambitious beyond compare, as shown by China's recent second manned space mission. The collective goal -- accompanied by a healthy dose of propaganda -- is clear: China, the land that once enriched the world with inventions such as the compass, book printing and gunpowder, intends to reclaim the luster of its bygone golden age.
The country is using its most ample resource to achieve its lofty goal, that is, its people. China's universities educate 440,000 new engineers each year.

A recent report from Duke found that the U.S. graduated 137,437 engineers. Imagine living in a country that invests in its people, that doesn't have to fight with religious fundamentalists over everything that smacks of progress, that looks to the future with a plan.
That used to be this country 60 years ago.