More hand wringing about American science competitiveness in a very interesting New York Times article. Miraculously the public schools are not the scapegoat this time! But the article is all about relative competitiveness — which obviously matters — and buried in the middle is this key point:
“Analysts say comparative American declines are an inevitable result of rising standards of living around the globe.”
Nonetheless, the Bush Administration’s fiscal recklessness is not helping matters, and it’s vital to recruit more Americans from underrepresented groups into the scientific community.