Thursday, September 28, 2006

E-Tutors and the future of America

There is an article on Reuters today about the increasing popularity of outsourcing tutors, mostly to India. Parents that can not afford one-on-one tutors for their kids in America can pay much smaller rates for similar services from India, done online. It was a strange coincidence to see this article the same week I read about exactly this thing in Thomas Friedman's The World is Flat. Technology has allowed us to communicate and do business in ways never before imaginable. While this does mean that we lose some jobs in America, it also helps to force us to stay on top of technology and development to be competitive. One of the people Friedman interviews said that it is easy to see where India is going to be in ten years because they are following the US, but no one knows where the US will be in ten years because no one has every been there before. All the more reason for us to better educate our students and work harder to develop and use new technology.

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