Essay The Impact Of Globalization On The United States

1893 Words Nov 4th, 2016 8 Pages
As the United States strives to be a driving force behind innovation in the world, it has turned to science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) to fulfil its ambitions. The rising interest in STEM in the US was sparked by three reports: Innovative America, Tapping America’s Potential, and Rising Above the Gathering Storm. These reports--published in 2005--warn the United States that the nation’s economy, standard of living, and national security will suffer unless they change their approach to STEM education. The most influential report, Rising Above the Gathering Storm, argues that Americans today are feeling the effects of globalization that challenge their economic and strategic leadership. As a result, a large portion of the US STEM workforce finds itself in direct competition with lower-wage international workers on H-1B visas. The authors point out that although STEM is being adopted in K-12 education, schools in the US have shown weaknesses that have contributed to national science and engineering (S&E) workforce shortages. This workforce shortage has diminished the competitiveness of the US global economy and threatened national security. Not all analysts agree with the three reports, arguing that STEM executives are causing the domestic STEM workforce shortages. This paper analyses both arguments regarding the domestic STEM workforce shortage: that foreign workers on H-1B visas are beneficial to our labor supply since US schools are not producing enough…

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