re: Tech Talent Shortage, Or Busted Moral Compass?
I want to add that the faultering of the USA's education system is not exclusive to IT. The sad irony is that the companies that "manage" their effective taxes rate down to the bare minimum are probably the first to complain about the quality of the workforce. Dear CEOs, CFOs, CIOs, etc. you can't have your cake and eat it too. Odd, isn't it. C-Level pay rates continue to increase yet their collective long term vision decreases. Why worry about the blood and stones when you'll retire before the sh_t hits the fan?
Further more, the truly smart employees are proactively jumping ship and either go out on their own or sign-on with a viable start-up. If you're going to sweat job security why not pair that risk up with a much nice reward?
That said, the truth is the eduction issue has become political fodder just like taxes. People talk about it, especially around elections, but ultimately nothing gets done about it. It's lip service and more lip service. Much like the USA's energy policy, yes? We can't even come up with viable energy alternatives, how are we going to fix education?
The bottom line (pun intended), is that nothing will change until it absolutely, positively has to. Until then the blood will continue to be sucked from the stone. The only hope is that higher education will become the next victim of the scale and disruptive powers of the internet. The shoe is there. It's poised. Let's hope it drop sooner rather than later.