If you follow one corner of the media world, we’re all gonna die.
Over on other channels, all is good and any panic is just another conspiracy.
The truth about the world-wide outbreak of coronavirus, of course, lies somewhere in the middle.
Interesting article in the business section of the Sunday Post about how China is making big investments in infrastructure. Building huge cities in some of the poorest and most remote areas of the country, along with the high speed rail system to connect them.
We got a very small glimpse of this change while riding those trains during a trip earlier this year. Large blocks of high rise apartments and other buildings, seemingly in the middle of nowhere.
All of this is part of the government’s plan to spread their economic success to areas other than the traditional business centers like Shanghai, as well as pushing the overall manufacturing focus beyond producing inexpensive goods for the rest of the world. It is far from certain that such a challenging plan will work.
But one line from the piece really summarizes what is happening in China, and offers a lesson for us here on the other side of the Pacific.
Whether it is Beijing’s ring roads, Shanghai’s subway lines or Lanzhou’s high-rises, China has not built what it needs today, but what it will need tomorrow.
The United States used to build for the future. Instead of wallowing in the arguments of the past.
Whatever happened to that?
If US students are going to beat their Asian counterparts on international standardized assessments, which seems to be the educational goal of most politicians, we better stop being wimps when it comes to test prep.
The Shanghai students performed well, experts say, for the same reason students from other parts of Asia – including South Korea, Singapore and Hong Kong – do: Their education systems are steeped in discipline, rote learning and obsessive test preparation.
So, there’s our goal. We simply need to get American schools to rise to that same “obsessive” level.
Just ignore those misguided educators who whine Â that “Chinese schools emphasized testing too much, and produced students who lacked curiosity and the ability to think critically or independently”.
With all the naval gazing we’ve been doing in the US over the economy going in the crapper and pigs with lipstick, it’s hard for news from outside to grab any media attention.
For example, did you know that China this week launched it’s third manned space mission?
I shouldn’t have to find this out from the BBC.
You’d think we’d be interested in major events from that part of the world considering how much of our debt is owned by the Chinese, not to mention our manufacturing capacity.