Many people view globalization as a negative concept based on views that hold half-truths. For example, the Polish Plumber became a phrase with many negative connotations to the nation of France because they were portrayed in the media as taking jobs from the hard working plumbers of France. When the actual numbers were released in an article from Newsweek dated October 17, 2005, there were 115 Polish Plumbers working in France and over 6000 vacant plumbing jobs. This is a prime example of the false preconceptions associated with globalization that are so prevalent in today’s society. In many countries the prospects and threats of globalization have been observed and adjusted accordingly. The most economically successful countries have realized that economic stimulation and economic success is dependent upon creation and innovation of high value products. Thus, their education systems are adjusting to compensate for this fact.
In China the government is claiming an annual graduation of over 500,000 students in highly educated technical fields. With this explosion of highly technical graduates, China is pumping highly skilled workers into their economy. Keeping one’s economy at a successful level is a difficult task, one that is best achieved by staying ahead of the curve technically; but to hamper the economy by stopping workers from entering the labour market is misguided and counterproductive to the recovery of a stagnant economy. Ultimately though, it depends on the ability of the country to distinguish itself from the rest of the world by creating something advanced, unique, and profitable.