Ted Koppel in an interview with Charlie Rose about his Discovery Channel four hour TV series “The People’s Republic of Capitalism” says:
What you see there is long range planning. What you see is five year olds and six year olds learning English and computer science. They don’t know it yet, but they are being trained to compete in the global economy. Our school system is on balance a better school system because it allows for creativity. It allows a certain freedom of thought that the Chinese system doesn’t allow. But imagine tens of millions of Chinese children learning English, and they’re not learning English so that they can work on some conveyor belt making cheap toys that are going to be sold at K-Mart or Walmart. These kids are going to be managers. These kids are going to be running heavy industries. These kids are going to be competing with us on our level.
The following interview is about 39 minutes long. The first 8 minutes plus are on Iraq, then the discussion turns to Koppel’s series “The People’s Republic of Capitalism.” It includes some video clips of the series. The Discovery Channel website on the series is at http://dsc.discovery.com/convergence/koppel/highlights/highlights.html.