A good article on a great perspective that needs to be kept in mind regarding education and…something like the real economic worth/output of those educated. The US continues to dominate as an innovation powerhouse because the country seems to be very good at developing thinkers. This is in contrast to many other countries that produce much better students (as judged by test scores), but those students are not capable of the kind of free thinking and risk taking necessary to generate innovations that lead to progress for society.
There is also the issue of “home grown versus imported”. Does it matter where the innovators come from or where they end up?
And there is the sub-sub text, for all you nationalists out there, of: what does it say about the US that everybody wants to come here for graduate school and their first startup?
Do you want “professional students” or professional “game changers”.