Second place is the first loser

What a gentle way to tell kids they’re second rate:

“We can’t expect to be number one in everything indefinitely,” Dr. John
P. Holdren said at the American Association for the Advancement of
Science (AAAS).  Holdren is director of the White House Office of Science and Technology
Policy and chairs the President’s Council of Advisors on Science &
Technology (PCAST), making him the top science adviser in the
administration.

“Probably the most appropriate responses to this degree of levelization
(sic) of the playing field is to cooperate, to exchange more,” he said.
“We have all kinds of programs already in which U.S. graduate students
and post-docs go to China and Chinese graduate students come here—direct
exchanges, university to university.”

What he really said was that since American students are such a bunch of poorly educated slackers, our graduate schools will soon be overwhelmingly populated by Indian and Chinese students who are desperate to get ahead…and become the managers and owners of the institutions that hire their former American classmates for minimum wage.

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