Folding, spindeling, and mutilating lauguage for fun since Aug, 2004
Monday, 12 March 2007

One of my Kung Fu friends is a guy from India.  He's just started a business where he pairs up people with master's degrees in Math with students here in the U.S. for tutoring sessions.  They work online together.  The tutor in India has the books that Adventure Boy's school uses, and she can help him with whatever chapter they are on.

Adventure Boy is getting the first of three free tutoring sessions this week.

I'm not sure what to think about this.  I like the idea of getting AB a math tutor, especially for the summer.  We could most likely not afford this level of expertise and time if we went with someone here...and there is the added benefit that it is on the computer, and it is totally interactive and he seems to be haveing an easier time paying attention than a face-to-face...

...but then there is the whole outsourcing thing.

And it's my friend's business, and I would like to give him my business because I know he's a good guy and he's a fair person...and I always prefer to deal with people I know and trust.  And if I can help a friend out by giving them my business I would rather do that if I can.

Dilemmas dilemmas.

On top of that, poor Adventure Boy had a day today.  School all day, with rehersal for the musical after school (he's in the pit orchestra of The Music Man), then he went to the gym to work out, came home and watched one half hour of TV, and then had an hour of math tutoring, and now it is after his bedtime.

Kind of a busy day for a thirteen year old.

Monday, 12 March 2007 20:56:55 (Central Standard Time, UTC-06:00) | Comments [1] | #
Thursday, 15 March 2007 09:07:27 (Central Standard Time, UTC-06:00)
I guess that if we are willing to shop at Walmart, Target, Herbergers, The Boston Store and any other number of stores that exploit sweatshop labor in order to save a buck, then we really can't complain all that much about jobs going overseas. If we were going to be consistent, we would have to pony up and either

1) Buy only American and pay the higher price associated with keeping all the jobs at home, or

2) Buy imports of goods and services, pay lower prices, and stop whining about outsourcing.

I don't really see a good solution. From a personal, selfish point of view, I want to have low prices and have a high paying job in the United States. I don't think that most people are willing to be consistent on this one. I think that many face your dilemma.
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