Ovid (publius_ovidius) wrote,

Education in the Red States

According to this article, Toyota has decided to open a factory in Ontario, Canada despite being offered millions of dollars in subsidies from a number of US states. Toyota claims that increased training costs offset the value of subsidies. However, at least one person decided to be more forthright:

[Gerry Fedchun, president of the Automotive Parts Manufacturers' Association,] said Nissan and Honda have encountered difficulties getting new plants up to full production in recent years in Mississippi and Alabama due to an untrained - and often illiterate - workforce. In Alabama, trainers had to use "pictorials" to teach some illiterate workers how to use high-tech plant equipment.

If you're one of the idiots who thinks you shouldn't have to pay school taxes because you don't have children, read that again. A few times. Or maybe I should make "pictorials" for you to follow along.

Update: the title was meant tongue-in-cheek. I wasn't trying to imply that this is a red state/blue state issue, but that's clearly how it came across. Oops.

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