Very interesting, particularly in its comparison of the US to Germany. Presently — particularly given the whole “Tiger Mother” hooha, plus Obama’s constant SOTU references — America loves to compare itself to China. Invariably, we find our workforce comes up short when stacked against a nation with a population of over a billion-plus, where low costs of living, nonexistent safety or environmental regulations, and an artificially depressed currency all combine to keep wages exceedingly low. But the truth is, it’s not terribly instructive to compare ourselves to a developing economy; it’s a matter of apples and oranges. There are differences between the US and Germany as well (and Germany is not a utopia), but the opportunities for critical interrogation and emulation are much riper.