Many people think their country is facing the intractable messes in foreseeable future. China, in the eyes of foreigners, has only bright future ahead while many complain about their closed, incomprehensible, yet functionally competent political system. But it seems, China is facing almost same problem with Japanese, and possibly with Korean.
A NYT article laments about substandard education system of a country: http://www.nytimes.com/roomfordebate/2010/12/02/what-is-a-college-degree-worth-in-china
There’s a frustrating paradox in XXX’s education. On the one hand, MANY of college graduates cannot find a job — at least a desirable job that pays substantially more than what a migrant worker makes. On the other hand, businesses that want to pay a lot more can’t seem to find qualified employees.
A separate study by McKinsey Quarterly found that 44 percent of the executives in XXX’s companies reported that insufficient talent was the biggest barrier to their global ambitions.
The explanation: a test-oriented educational environment.
The result is that XXX’s college graduates often have high scores but low ability. Those who are good at taking tests go to college, which also emphasizes book knowledge. But when they graduate, they find out that employers actually want much more than test scores. That is why another study by McKinsey found that fewer than 10 percent of XXX’s college graduates would be suitable for work in foreign companies.
Guess which country they are talking about. Japanese may think they are talking about Japan for sure, but the article is about China. They are in paradoxical love with their country and neighbors: they bash their own country and their neighbor whenever it is convenient to do so. Everywhere I lived: Canada, US, UK, Belgium and Japan, they are talking about their undergraduates are getting more dumb these days. Japanese youths are complaining about “the old peril”, in their view, sniffling their opportunities while older people think of degeneration of the youths.
In reality, the world should be improving bit by bit as the knowledge accumulates, thought many politicians do not see any thing beyond their next election or interest. But is it time for Asian countries to have more messy, imperfect democratic system?