The Problem is Education, Not Outsourcing

This article from Business 2.0 makes some good points about the outsourcing debate.

For American service workers to hang on to their jobs, they will have to make similar changes. Barry P. Bosworth, a senior fellow in economic studies at the Brookings Institution, points out that the fastest-growing service fields are the engineering and management of computerized sales and supply systems. To shine in those careers, he says, workers have to master at least four skills: computer literacy, typing, an understanding of how complex organizations work, and the ability to deal with people (either in person or electronically). Yet despite the fact that services account for 80 percent of private-sector employment, how many high schools require courses in typing, computer science, operations research, and interpersonal relations? Talk about productivity: If critics want to be truly effective at keeping jobs at home, they should stop scolding businesses and start crusading for better education reform.

I know some of you have brought up this issue in the comments section of some of my previous outsourcing posts. I think it is a valid point. Economies change rapidly but educational systems don't. Think of the U.S. like a company. Should a company respond to changes in the market by whining, attempting to manipulate the law and attempting to change the market? Of course not. A company should train employees, making sure they have the skills to compete in the new market. I wish one of the presidential candidates would embrace the idea of making education a source of American comparative advantage.