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People from India, China out-educating us: Barack Obama

world Updated: Oct 27, 2013 00:45 IST

Billions of people from countries like India and China are striving hard to “out-educate” Americans in mathematics and technology, President Barack Obama has said while stressing on education reforms to prepare Americans for a global economy where “jobs can go anywhere.”

“In previous generations, America’s standing economically was so much higher than everybody else that we did not have a lot of competition,” Obama said. “Now you have got billions of people from Beijing to Bangalore to Moscow, all of whom are competing with you directly. And they are -- those countries are working every day to out-educate and out-compete us,” Obama said in his remarks to students at the Pathways in Technology Early College High School in Brooklyn here on Friday. “And every year brings more research showing them pulling ahead, especially in some of the subject matter that this school specialises in -- math and science and technology. So we have got a choice to make,” he said.

“We live in a 21st century global economy. And in a global economy, jobs can go anywhere. Companies, they are looking for the best-educated people, wherever they live, and they will reward them with good jobs and good pay,” the president said.

“We can just kind of shrug our shoulders and settle for something less, or we can do what America has always done, which is adapt. We pull together, we up our game, we hustle, we fight back, we work hard, and we win,” he said.