Newspaper article The Christian Science Monitor

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Newspaper article The Christian Science Monitor

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Reassess globalization as 'outsourcing' trend grows

Regarding your March 5 article "In age of outsourcing, do the old rules apply?": The opinions of economists who say that the age-old benefits of unfettered global commerce still apply are dangerously myopic.

The old theory assumed that capital was mobile, but not the factors of production or labor. Today all three are mobile. We missed the signal when Japan opened factories in the United States to manufacture cars for American consumers.

Today we move capital to produce goods in China - not for the Chinese market, but for export to the US. We do the same in India by outsourcing software jobs for US clients. US labor is high value and not mobile. Much of China's and India's labor forces are mobile and cheap.

High-end jobs are clearly going to India and China and will not come back. Ladders of upward mobility for US workers are collapsing and the US is undergoing a redistribution of wealth to India and China.

The global economy is out in front of nation states, crossing borders, and changing political systems. It forecasts the potential end of national sovereignty. We need a fresh assessment of globalization. A failure to find answers poses a threat to the US economy. Jack B. Lindsey Boston

Fresh ideas to prevent plagiarism

Regarding your March 2 article "Teachers Fight Against Internet Plagiarism": I was surprised that the article did not mention a very effective way to address this problem. Rather than attempting to detect student plagiarism after the fact, teachers can make it impractical or even impossible by using creativity when assigning homework.

Instead of requiring a term paper, teachers could ask students to compile a binder of relevant clips throughout the semester, using those to build research for a lengthier paper. For shorter assignments, teachers could ask that students incorporate elements of in-class discussion.

Such assignments are not only harder to purchase from a stranger who might be found on the Internet, but are more likely to engage the brain and interest of both the student and the teacher. …

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