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Published On: Fri, Dec 14th, 2012

America’s Secret Weapon – The H1B Visa

Dr. Michio Kaku says that our education system is so bad that the only reason our scientific community hasn’t collapsed is because of the importation of foreign students… H1B Visas have been our secret weapon.

 

I may not agree with Dr. Kaku’s philosophy on globalist governance, but he is correct on this point regarding the abysmal state of our education system. The truth is that the American education system has systematically been dumbing down our kids ever since the introduction of the Prussian education model.. readJohn Taylor Gatto‘s books and you will see why and how that happened.

photo Ged Carroll

photo Ged Carroll

We now have colleges teaching remedial classes for heavens sake! You shouldn’t even BE in college if you need remedial education!

We now have high schools that do not teach geometric proofs… or logic… and now we have “educators” who believe that higher mathematics is useless for most people.

What is going on in most government schools is criminal. The environment is completely and utterly toxic – especially in the inner cities. The education process is choked by unions with precious monetary resources going towards administration costs and very little of it actually being spent on the tools for children to use for learning. Art and Science, Ethics, Civics, and History have been erased from the school day and have been replaced with Social Twaddle like Diversity Training, Group Think and Globalist nonsense. English? Forget teaching children how to properly write, read or speak.. which is why these kids need remedial training once they hit college. It’s an absolute shame, and a true disgrace to this nation.

It really does seem that our only hope is in free thinking homeschooled children who are not told by the state what to read and what to think and who are not dumbed down by a Progressive agenda.

Until we make some REAL education reforms, which apparently won’t come about thanks to education unions and government standards, we will have to rely on H1B Visa students to do the necessary scientific research in our universities.

But hey, at least American kids can work cash registers that tell them how much change to give back to the customers…. that is if they can find such a job… and if not, they can always work for the government.

 

About the Author

 lives with her husband Michael in CT. They have three grown children who were homeschooled and are now successfully pursuing careers. Judy earned her Bachelor’s degree in Economics, Magna Cum Laude, with minors in Business Administration and Computer Science from the State University of New York at New Paltz.

Judy has been involved in politics for over 15 years. Judy has written many articles on various aspects of education at home and in public and private schools. She has been published in magazines and online, and has been interviewed on radio and in print.

She served as Vice President of Connecticut Homeschool Network (CHN) and was their legislative liaison. She now serves as Research Director for National Home Education Legal Defense (NHELD) providing parents across the nation with important information on legislative issues concerning parental rights and education.

Judy is the author of the blog “Consent of the Governed“

Most recently, Judy has been involved in various organizations and efforts to Restore the Republic, End/Audit the Federal Reserve, and to educate the public about the issues regarding their Liberty and Freedom, and is working to put a halt to the erosion of our rights. Judy is a fan of Ayn Rand, Seinfeld, Star Trek, Peter Schiff, Judge Andrew Napolitano, The Founders, JPFO, Appleseed, Von Mises, John Taylor Gatto, Wallace and Gromit, Dick Heller and Ruger (not in that order).

About the Author

- Judy Aron is the author of the Libertarian Blog "Consent of the Governed" Judy has been involved in politics for over 15 years. Judy has written many articles on various aspects of education at home and in public and private schools. She has been published in magazines and online, and has been interviewed on radio and in print.

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  1. Sam Houston says:

    The Federal money reward system has become the primary focus of our schools from elementary to high schools. It comes under different names but it is all the same. They test each year to see improvement on those test scores. If a school has test score lower than the year before, they risk loosing that Federal money. Each year, the schools focus more and more on teaching the testing criteria so much that it has become the curriculum for nearly an entire semester. Curriculums outside of what’s testes suffers. It literally has become about the money and not the teaching of children. Teachers are not at fault as they are forced by their Administrators and School Board to follow their pro-Test guide book. This HAS to STOP! The Federal Government has to STOP telling the States schools what to do. School Districts have to STOP eagerly grabbing out of the Federal coffers.

    Beyond that, the rest of the school years seems to be more and more focused on fund raising. Why does the PTA have to have a fundraiser each year for new playground equipment? What happen to the “new” equipment from the previous year? Maybe the school districts should be forced to purchase only American manufactured goods and stop buying useless and dangerous junk from China.

  2. Judy Aron says:

    I have no “agenda”. The truth is American schools have been dumbing down our children for decades. Our kids can’t compute, can’t read, and can’t write. For heaven’s sake people… we have colleges teaching REMEDIAL classes!!!!!! Does that not tell you something??? Wake UP! This country is falling behind – the numbers show it as well. For starters, do yourself a favor and read something by John Taylor Gatto.

    • Vincenzo says:

      I’m sorry, but I’m not understanding something. In your blog entry, you said, “Until we make some REAL education reforms, which apparently won’t come about thanks to education unions and government standards, we will have to rely on H1B Visa students to do the necessary scientific research in our universities.”

      So you’re saying that there’s a problem with colleges because they’re teaching REMEDIAL classes and so the way to compensate for all those dumb American students is to rely on H-1B studends….who are attending the same “pathetic” colleges. I don’t get the logic.

      • Anonymous says:

        OK, so I thought about this for a while, and I think I understand your argument. However, the data/references I provided in an earlier comment does not suggest a problem of education. In addition, if there were truly a problem with the supply of domestic labor in the fields the H-1B visa targets, salaries would be going up, not flat or down as they are. You know…suppply/demand, and that sort of thing.

    • jake_leone says:

      Your views are nothing but offensive and bigoted. You are promoting a sick stereotype of the U.S., its schools, and its domestic students. Frankly, I am a product of exactly that system, have been in a professional software development career for decades. Many of the other domestic engineers that I work with are also products of that public school system.

      The reality of IT is that most jobs require only algebra level math, and as such managers have routinely been able to find replacement workers abroad at much lower prices than that of our domestic workforce. Further these workers are indentured under H-1b, and don’t want to risk prolonging the Green card acquisition process, which is what occurs if they leave their H-1b employer.

      Microsoft earns ~250,000$/year per-employee in profit, Google ~350,000$/year, Apple >400,000/year in profit. Even lowly Yahoo earns ~90,000$/year in profit per-employee.

      Yet engineering salaries have been stagnate for a decade.

      In the 80′s and early 90′s companies would regularly pay for interns to complete their education, pay them again to complete their Masters degree. A friend of mine did exactly that with HP. That’s all gone, now the student pays everything up front, and full-time employees get to wrangle with their bosses over who pays for a book at Amazon.

      Offshore outsourcing companies, which use a huge portion of the available temporary visas to complete the removal of millions of U.S. jobs, have grown immensely with the advent of these temporary visas. Indeed the H-1b is called the “Outsourcing-Visa” in India. No country on this Earth, would allow such idiotic programs to even exist (save the U.S.).

      The reality is U.S. tech companies have become dependent on a government hand-out. And are no longer able to use even a small portion of their immense profits to enhance the existing domestic workforce. Anything that cuts into the bottom line is axed, lobbyists are dispatched to Washington to beg for government handouts. CEO’s insist on continuing the immense profit train, unhindered by market realities, and will use every tool they have to ensure that this is the case.

      Even promoting a sick bigoted lie about the U.S. workforce.

      Traditional immigration, which we had for more than 200 years, didn’t have anything to do with the H-1b (a product of the early nineties, see the Abramoff scandal for more information). Traditional immigration meant you came to the United States with the intention of staying your entire life. The temporary visas have changed our immigration into a huge job training program for off-shore outsourcing companies, which have been steadily removing good paying jobs, from all departments, this last decade.

    • jake_leone says:

      You have no credibility. You are a bigot and don’t even know it.

  3. hoapres says:

    We have a shortage of STEM jobs.

    If that sounds simplistic then it is because it is that simple.

  4. Test Test says:

    The US has one of the highest literacy rates in the world. We have the 9th highest IQs in the world. (India ranks 82nd.)

    The US has higher math scores than India. We WOULD have higher math scores than China–if only enough Chinese people were literate enough to be tested.

    Stop insulting the US! Our educational system isn’t PERFECT, but in global terms it is very, very good.

    What type of “help” are these foreigners offering, if they must first insult us before offering us a solution to a problem we don’t have?

    • Joe Blocks says:

      The entire establishment of business leaders, political leaders and the third estate are all talking up the need to import more technology and science immigrants. Just today in the NY Times there is an article about industrial competitiveness mentioning it. The fact that Anerican students have been put off the STEM fields by salaries and environment (racism against Americans by entrenched immigrants who are in the managerial class) means nothing to them. Americans have been thrown under the bus just as the Rust Belt workers were 30 years ago

    • hoapres says:

      H1Bs offer cheap labor.

      No more and no less.

  5. Joe Blocks says:

    Looks like Kaku and Judy got the punchline wrong.

    Should be H1B – INDIA’s secret weapon (against US IT workers and tech graduates)

  6. Go Tea Party says:

    To the cheap labor lobby and the pandering politicians who enable them, there is no such thing as labor that is too cheap nor is there such a thing as too much of it

  7. ARW says:

    Well I have to say that I think H1B visas are a bane on this nation. They are actually the reason in my opinion that we continue to have a dearth of hard science graduates. We have allowed corporate America to import cheap talent that then goes home because it is better for the short term bottom line. Had we not had the program I think a case could be made that we would be enjoying a revivial today, because we would have invested in ourselves instead of importing temp talent. Not to mention that I often wonder if the foreign talent is a lot more compliant when corp and gov want to have them write more surveillance code. There is a reason why the whistleblower in telecom that revealed the govt wiretapping that has been going since the beginning of the 21st century was not an H1B holder. Homegrown talent believes in the Constitution and the country…foreigners do not…just pay me and I will write whatever code you want is the H1B holders point of view…it is not their country after all so why should they care

    • Joe Blocks says:

      Exactly right. Why get a STEM degree when you’re not going to get paid enough to pay back the loan and when you’re going to be discriminated against by increasingly Indian management in this country. Lots of these H1B jobs are to replace Americans while systems are being offshored.

      I just don’t get how these academics and journalists are so ignorant of the facts on the ground. It’s either laziness or there is a (corporate) agenda.

  8. Mark says:

    Graduated in the top quartile of my Electrical Engineering/Computer Science class in 2002. Submitted my resume thousands of times to technology firms in the Silicon Valley, Austin, and RTP areas, only to receive almost no response from those employers. The few responses I did receive claimed I was either ‘underexperienced’ or ‘overqualified’ for the jobs available.

    Meanwhile I find out that hundreds of thousands of H-1B’s, with qualifications similar to, or less than mine, have been imported. By employers who were amazingly flexible in accomodating these foreigners into their workplaces. Leaving me chronically unemployed and not contributing. H-1B is a secret weapon all right — a weapon to ruin the lives of hundreds of thousands of Americans just like me so that Microsoft and other big employers (like GE) can save a few tens of thousands per job in labour costs.

    H-1B isn’t about quality, getting better workers, etc., its all about cost reduction and enriching domestic executives beyond their wildest dreams instead of building more advanced domestically-staffed capabilities. It is also a gateway to shipping large numbers of US jobs offshore as entire departments can be merely relocated to India after they’ve been entirely staffed by H-1B’s.

  9. Vincenzo says:

    This article/blog/whatever is long on hyperbole and short on data/facts.

    The vast majority of H-1B workers are hired into the IT field. The National Center for Education Statistics tells us that US citizen and permanent resident graduates in Computer Science and related disciplines conferred in 2008 and 2009 totals are:

    Doctorate Degrees: 974
    Doctorate Degree-Research Scholarship: 423
    Master’s Degrees: 19,387
    Bachelor’s Degrees: 73,795
    Associate’s Degrees: 57,910
    Total 2008 and 2009: 152,489

    The 2010 Foreign Labor Certification Annual Report published by the U.S. Dept. of Labor tells us that in these very same fields, there were 23,016 permanent labor certifications.

    So let’s take 152,489 and add the 23,016 and we get 175,505. This is the LABOR SUPPLY.

    Now, let’s take a look at what the Bureau of Labor Statistics tells us about the employment growth in these fields from 2009 to 2010, i.e., the LABOR DEMAND. They tell us that in aggregate, the U.S. has LOST 52,230 jobs in these fields from 2009 to 2010.

    And I guarantee you that if you did the research yourself, you would find this same situation in MOST STEM fields that are reported on.

    Moreover, the latest Government Accountability Office report on the H-1B visa discusses at some length the fact that the vast majority of H-1B workers are hired into entry level positions. In fact, most are at Level I, officially defined by the Dept. of Labor as those who have a “basic understanding of duties and perform routine tasks requiring limited judgment.” This belies the industry lobbyists’ claims that H-1Bs are hired because they are experts that can’t be found among the U.S. workforce.

    Source Data:
    National Science Foundation WebCASPAR (Educational Statistics)
    https://webcaspar.nsf.gov/index.jsp?subHeader=WebCASPARHome

    U.S. Department of Labor
    Foreign Labor Certification Annual Report

    Bureau of Employment Statistic: Office of Employment Statistics
    http://www.bls.gov/oes

    U.S. Government Accountability Office – “Reforms Are Needed to Minimize the Risks and Costs of Current Program”, Jan 14, 2011
    http://www.gao.gov/assets/320/314501.pdf

  10. Fastfood says:

    Sounds a tad racist. And you know what racism breads; more racism. Kind of like cutting off your nose to spite your face, except everyone gets screwed.

  11. Percy Mervyn says:

    What a shame that the people who are in charge of educating our children are saying they are to stupid to do the work so we must issue H1B visa’s. When there is 1.8 million American stem graduates not working in their field or are holding a lesser job in their field someone is not being truthful with the facts on the need of visa’s

  12. Matt says:

    Yeah, I will believe a jap who would like to see more of his own people flood into America and take tech. jobs that were created by whites.
    Opportunity exists in America because whites have created it.

    • jake_leone says:

      Kaku’s ethnic background is irrelevant. And your comment is offensive.

      H-1b’s are mostly taken up by people from India (like half). The driving factor is poverty.

      The Southern Poverty Law Center has identified poverty as a driving factor for racism.

      And people who are insecure about their positions tend to hire friends around them. If the people you know as friends happen to be your ethnic background, is it racism that you mostly hire from your ethnic background?

      It most certainly is.

      It’s a sad fact, but the U.S. does need to have a controlled immigration system, if for no other reason than to help preserve our social fabric.

  13. michaelmch says:

    You can thank the murdering,traitor,ted kennedy and the zionist along with the despicable failure lbj for this,check out the facts on who sponsored and backed the immigration act of 1965 too see the real truth.

  14. Robert Hume says:

    US Asians score above Asians from any other country. US Hispanics score above Hispanics in any other country. US whites score about whites in any other country.

    Our schools are fine. We score more Nobels than any other country. We went to the moon. We Invented the Internet. We invented modern programming languages, actually almost all of them if not all of them. It goes on and on. But we won’t be drawing on our best and brightest as long as salaries for science and engineering are lowered by H1bs. There’s no shortage in the US. If there were science and engineering salaries would be going out. They’re not.

  15. Gee, Judy Aron sure makes sweeping statements about American education without any documentation. If American education is really that bad, I’d be worried, very worried, about home schooling by American parents. Could it be she has a dog in this fight?

    I’m sure there are a lot of bad schools in the United States, but there are a lot of good schools, too.

    H1B, as several commenters have already said, is often about bringing cheap labor in for big companies. Call it outsourcing by importing the cheap labor.

  16. Vicky Knight says:

    What a pathetic statement! Because of the tsunami of illegal aliens and any other kids being imported with whatever kind of visa they have, our schools, our government, and the mere survival of this country is in bankruptcy. OUR American kids have no hopes, OUR American kids have no future and OUR American kids have no dreams. OUR government is lacking in common sense, logic, and the ability to stop the destruction of the United States of America via the overwhelming number of illegal and legal aliens that come here to take over.

  17. Melanie Ward says:

    The “secret” is that job shops are getting huge numbers of H1B visas and importing foreigners to take Americans’ jobs at low wages. I have worked with H1B employees, and they will do ANYTHING for a company to not lose their status. I have been asked to hire an H1B employee over an American by tailoring the job description to the H1B person’s resume. If you think this doesn’t happen you’re dead wrong. H1Bs are not for extraordinary skills as the government would have you believe. They’re for importing foreign labor to displace Americans so corporations can cut costs and increase their profits.

  18. Your Name... says:

    Our STEM graudates should be protesting any visa that cuts them out of a job! One of them even allows an employer to fire an American and hire a foreigner without justification!

    And there should be a law against a company forcing its forced out employees to train their replacements in order to get any compensation!

  19. Virginia says:

    I am always surprised when individuals like Dr. Kaku’s express their approval of H1B visas. Dr Kaku will never know poverty atleast not in his late age because he has a college degree, so therefore he has never had to worry about securing a well paying job; unlike the minority teens such as the blacks or hispanics or caucasian teens who drop out of school and can’t find jobs. But lets not forget the illegal immigrants whom these very poor minority teens have to compete with for the very very small amount of jobs. Granted it is not entirely the schools fault that students drop out, the students themselves are sometimes not interested in continuing their education. I am not a college graduate so I will not profess to be an intellectual; but I myself have come from a family that worked with migrant families; and I can only speak for myself. I am not entirely well versed in the H1B visa:H-1B Visa is a nonimmigrant visa for temporary, college educated foreign workers in specialty jobs. Such specialty occupations include research and development jobs, scientists, lawyers, engineers, actuaries, financial analysts, architects, doctors and nurses, accountants, computer analysts and programmers, web and graphic designers, and even fashion models. The H-1B Visa is one of the most widely issued temporary visas in the United States.
    As for Dr Kaku’s statement that if it weren’t for this visa the scientific community in this country would collapse is “insulting” to our American citizens. It would seem that Kaku is practically saying that Americans are too ‘stupid’ and ignorant compared to foreign educated students. Am I the only one that finds this statement insulting or am I not correctly understanding his meaning?! I guess if I had a well paying job or was the dean of a college and supported the importation of foreign students I would not be the least bit concerned with our unemployed citizens. I do believe that our educational system is not the best and some of our teachers are more concerned with their union membership and are only looking out for their own welfare and not the educational welfare of our children.

  20. This visa is indeed a “secret” (from the oblivious public still relying on mainstream media to truthfully reflect these dire times). And it is a weapon (that is being used against the USA, to undermine & transmogrify our way of life).
    And obviously after a decade of underfunding, USA higher education is on the ropes. Beyond a tipping point, IMO. Somehow college become confused with “job training,” and that online degree from Infomercial University College is just as good as an MBA from Harvard, isn’t it? And so many floundering freshman have no business getting a liberal arts degree in the first place. We need more skilled mechanics, plumbers, etc. Not everyone needs to be…much less has some RIGHT to be a brain surgeon.
    We have dumbed down all fields of study in an idiotic attempt to leave “no child behind,” to the point where so many young people are ignorant of luminaries like Shakespeare, Bach, Monet…or the accompanying, overarching values of western civilization as a whole.
    My public school days were right out of Leave It To Beaver. I would never consider enrolling any child I loved in what passes for and remains of our education system. Like the man said, we no longer have a justice system, we have a legal system…obsessed with the “rights” of the criminal. A similar deterioration can be observed in terms of the mission and intent of public & higher education in the USA since the 80s & 90s…but even moreso during the past four years and the dark ages Washington still suffers through.

  21. jon says:

    No, thsi is not at all correct. I work in higher ed. I try and help kids get jobs. The dirty little secret is that H1B visas are used to bring people in form other countries who are willing to work for lower wages, less benefits and in worse conditions than Americans. An H1B worker when asked to work all weekend for no extra pay cannot say no, or he will be let go and have to return home.

    It allows companies to lower wages all around (if you don’t do what we want we can replace you with a lower paid Indian).

    Now, let’s just say, for kicks, that this is true. The the US is bringing in th ebest and brightest from overseas for our own benefit. This is roughly the same as if we went to those countries and stripmined off valuable natural resources. When American companies do that everyone screams, but when we take their smartest and best trained people to work here, we are doing the exact same thing.

    But no, this idea is just plain wrong and covering for big businesses who want to squeeze every addition cent in profits out for the wealthy.

  22. jj says:

    Dr. Kaku has got it wrong. The H-1B is the greatest threat to American science is the H-1B. The H-1B allows employers to hire cheap foreign labor instead of Americans. American education is the best in the world. The averages are down because, unlike other countries, we make an effort to educate everyone. In India, for example 40 percent of the people are illiterate. Knock out the lowest performing 40 percent of US students and we have world class schools.

    The large percentage of foreign born students in our schools is the result of universities, like business, preferring foreigners. Check out the California college system that is fixing their budget by not admitting in state students but will accept foreigners. They pay higher fees.

    Check out “Our Schools vs. Theirs: Averages That Hide The True Extremes” By David Berliner

  23. twins.fan says:

    Research indicates that US schools are not as bad as people who have an agenda, like these two squirts Michio Kaku and Judy Aron, would like you to believe. http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/therootdc/post/back-to-school-rethinking-americas-global-education-rankings/2012/08/27/af11b510-f06e-11e1-ba17-c7bb037a1d5b_blog.html

    In fact, this story correlates youth poverty to low scholastic achievement. For those US schools with less than 10% poverty, the schools are among the best on the planet.

    Unfortunately, poverty is now rampant is some school systems. Because of the low performance in those school systems, Michio Kaku and Judy Aron have chosen to smear ALL of the school systems, teachers, grads, and students in the US.

    Michio Kaku is on the faculty of at CCNY, and evidently US students don’t see any value in attending a school for which Kaku is on the faculty. Instead, now CCNY has become a visa mill and the only students who choose to attend a school in which he is on the faculty are students who receive a visa with their diploma. Unfortunately, a diploma at CCNY only has value when it is accompanied with a visa. Since US students don’t need a visa, a diploma from a school that has sunk to the depths of employing the likes of Michio Kaku on their faculty, has no value in the open market.

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