Sunday, November 11, 2012

"Another competitive advantage is the way some firms are integrating their work requirements with the curricula of local schools. That gives them a stream of young employees already familiar with the job."

"The disruption [of Chinese manufacturing] will come from a set of technologies that are advancing at exponential rates and converging.

These technologies include robotics, artificial intelligence (AI), 3D printing, and nanotechnology. These have been moving slowly so far, but are now beginning to advance exponentially just as computing does.

The BV has always been about advancing ideas to move Brownsville forward.  This issue of robotics and modern technology has been an issue for the BV for years.  Brownsville has done nothing to recognize the need to train its students in modern manufacturing techniques.  The time to have lead on this issue may have already passed.  The one advantage we still have is our sister cities across the border.   There is a natural link between bringing modern manufacturing techniques to Brownsville, while making use of the lower tech more labor intensive manufacturing at low cost which can be provided by the maquiladoras in Mexico.

As I have indicated in the past, I do most of my home repairs myself.  A friend who grew up in Brownsville loves to help because while in high school he was never taught how to do wood work, plumbing, electrical, metal work etc.  I learned all of this starting in middle school.  Our first  course was printing press and molds.  By high school you either went for college prep or work training.  I chose both so that I could continue to learn the value of using my hands. 

This push to have everyone learn more science and more math is nonsense.  College was never meant to be for everyone.  We  need math and science geared to real life job training which our children can take to the market place when they graduate high school.  Since we cannot count on BISD or TSC to do this, hopefully the State Board of Education will consider curriculum changes to make these options possible.

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