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Rupert Murdoch Declares American Kids Losing Education Battle


Ohanian Comment: If this weren't so outrageous, it might be funny.

Outrage: Rupert Murdoch making a speech at the New York City school's Leadership Academy.

Outrage: Rupert Murdoch saying that jobs are being outsourced to New Delhi and Shandhai and Seoul because American workers can't compete. How about corporate greed, Mr. Murdoch?

Jobs are going to will going overseas, not because U.S. workers are not "able to perform complex tasks in a global, information-driven society," but because American corporations don't want to pay decent wages.

High tech workers in New Delhi aren't better educated; they just work for low wages.

That the New York City education establishment would offer Murdoch a megaphone is worse than an outrage; it's a lie and a disgrace. But money buys Murdoch respectability in corporate circles, and it's no secret that the Leadership Academy is a mouthpiece for corporate interests.


Unless failing public schools are turned around, kids here are going to lose jobs to better-educated youngsters half a world away, News Corporation Chairman and CEO Rupert Murdoch warned yesterday.

In a speech before the New York City Leadership Academy, Murdoch said the city's 1.1 million schoolchildren aren't competing against their counterparts in other American cities, such as Houston, Atlanta or Seattle.

"They are competing against New Delhi and Shanghai and Seoul," Murdoch declared. "And let me say it plainly: Our students are losing."

In 30 years, he said, Asia is expected to generate "more than half the economic activity on the planet," and those jobs will go to those able to perform complex tasks in a global, information-driven society.

"Unless we get education right, this new American century may not last more than a couple of decades," said Murdoch, who challenged other corporate executives to support school reform.

"Frankly, I think too few of my peers in the corporate world are stepping up to that responsibility to support the schools," he said. "After all, their corporations will be some of the major beneficiaries if this initiative works.

"Many of us talk about education. It's time for more of us to put our money where our mouth is."

Murdoch's speech was the first such annual academy lecture, which is named for him.

The academy was opened last year to train school principals. The first class of 77 will graduate soon.

City officials said News Corporation owner of The Post has contributed $5 million over three years to help fund the academy, which is trying to raise $75 million.

Murdoch praised the academy, telling educators assembled at the Museum of Jewish Heritage, "The work you are doing goes to the very marrow of what matters."




— David Seifman
New York Post

2004-06-29

http://www.nypost.com/seven/06292004/news/nationalnews/26584.htm

NY


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