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Microsoft Says U.S. Science Education Needs $5 Billion

This time, it is Microsoft that says the nation's education system could use a $5 billion injection into the segments of math, science and technology education over the next 10 years.

The note comes from Microsoft's general counsel executive vice president Brad Smith, signalling that technology companies are seeing a considerable shortage of workers. Smith suggested that the $500 million per year investment could be raised by adding 20,000 high-skill immigration H-1B visas for workers in the areas of science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) to the already existing 85,000 visas and charge $10,000 for each of them. The visas currently run for $2,800. Additionally, the government could monetize 15,000 unused green cards per year with a fee of $15,000 each.

Smith stressed that the education improvement is necessary because the U.S. would be falling behind other nations. Such claims are not new and are often expressed by tech giants, including Intel. While these companies typically sponsor education programs themselves and run science fairs with incentives for kids and teenagers to begin a science career, they also noticed a trend in which other nations are creating greater numbers of skilled workers than the U.S. For example, it is believed that China surpassed the U.S. in PhD graduates per year in 2010 and graduated more than three times the number of four-year degrees in science fields in the same year.

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  • DroKing
    PhD degrees are overpriced in US. I dropped out of college myself because it was costing 4 grand a quarter uhh to expensive for me. Ill stick with working.
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  • sixdegree
    Or the government can cut back a tiny fraction of their military spending and allocate it to science and education instead of selling working visas and green cards. That's kinda solves education funding as well as unemployment problems.
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  • JDFan
    Perhaps if MS weren't moving all of their money into offshore banks to avoid paying the taxes the Govt would be able to invest more into the education system ! Seeing that according to This ARTICLE MS avoided more in taxes than they say is needed !!

    The report stated that Microsoft used transactions with subsidiaries in Puerto Rico, Ireland, Singapore and Bermuda to save at least $6.5 billion in taxes.
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  • kcorp2003
    Okay, i'm almost done with my college degree. I see students everyday in the train. Let me tell you, their not interested in math or science or technology. Their more into the entertainment business. They lack honor and discipline with a very short attention span and high temper.
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  • fuxxnuts
    kcorp2003Okay, i'm almost done with my college degree. I see students everyday in the train. Let me tell you, their not interested in math or science or technology. Their more into the entertainment business. They lack honor and discipline with a very short attention span and high temper.
    Guess they aren't interested in English grammar, either.
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  • kcorp2003
    9410052 said:
    Guess they aren't interested in English grammar, either.

    this is the internet and this is a forum.
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  • therabiddeer
    DroKingPhD degrees are overpriced in US. I dropped out of college myself because it was costing 4 grand a quarter uhh to expensive for me. Ill stick with working.50 grand to double your pay and have that 50k paid off within a few years? Seems worth it to me.

    I am surprised that they say there is a shortage in the tech industry given all of the layoffs that have been happening.

    PS: Bill Gates has 61 billion... just sayin
    And yes I know that Bill Gates is already awesome given how much he donates. Best rich person alive.
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  • A Bad Day
    Meanwhile, our country continues to churn out armies of lawyers after lawyers. And let's not forget about those who dropped out the race of success.

    As in, they dropped out of high school or didn't mind straight Ds. Then turned around and applied for welfare.

    And my parents told me that participating in science or engineering projects is useless compared to studying Calculus/Physics, scoring a 37 on the ACT (totally not a joke), and burning the midnight oil 365 days a year.
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  • A Bad Day
    EDIT: Well, this is interesting: http://www.isights.org/2012/09/microsofts-hypocrisy-calling-for-a-5b-investment-in-us-education.html

    Step 1: Stop tax evasions

    Step 2: Cut your losses and stop trying to force down salaries for high-skill jobs in order to import more foreigners.

    Step 3: Got a problem? Fix it yourself by tapping into your own funds that are located in tax havens. Or wait for 2-3 decades for the government to finally respond.
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  • freggo
    therabiddeer50 grand to double your pay and have that 50k paid off within a few years? Seems worth it to me.I am surprised that they say there is a shortage in the tech industry given all of the layoffs that have been happening.PS: Bill Gates has 61 billion... just sayinAnd yes I know that Bill Gates is already awesome given how much he donates. Best rich person alive.
    If Mr. Gates really was giving up oh so many of his Billions how come he still has them all ?
    Or is he just funneling them into his non-profit 'charity' to shelter them from taxation ?
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