John Ogozalek, a teacher in upstate New York, watched Charlie Rose interview Tim Cook, the CEO of Apple. When asked why China moved its production to low-wage China, Cook blamed the schools. This is the same Apple that has been abused of multiple labor abuses in its Chinese factories. This is the same Apple whose factories are surrounded by safety nets to stop employee suicides. Low American skills or low Chinese wages? Low American skills or a country that doesn’t regulate safety in the workplace?



John O. writes:



So, here’s the corporate playbook: when asked about greed, find someone else to blame. And, hey, why not stick it to the public schools in the U.S.


“It’s skill,’ Apple CEO Tim Cook said in response to a question on “60 Minutes” Sunday from Charlie Rose as to why the company’s products are made in China.


Rose clearly wasn’t buying it. ‘They have more skills than American workers? They have more skills than German workers?’ he pressed.


‘The U.S., over time, began to stop having as many vocational kind of skills,’ Cook explained .’I mean, you can take every tool and die maker in the United States and probably put them in a room that we’re currently sitting in. In China, you would have to have multiple football fields.’


Earlier in the interview, the conversation heated up just a bit when the subject turned to allegations that Apple AAPL, +1.23% is a “tax avoider” and is “engaged in a sophisticated scheme” to shelter the $74 billion in revenue parked overseas,” according to the article on


Of course, the irony of Cook’s comment is priceless. For years now the oligarchs in our country have been pummeling our schools, forcing classrooms to become test prep factories. And, now here’s a CEO saying we’ve let vocational ed fall by the wayside. So now we don’t have enough people to work in real factories?


It’s just become the fall-back position in this country. When in doubt, when caught off guard, if you’ve run out excuses, bash the teachers.


Maybe Cook is drinking from the same strange brew that Marco Rubio has been sipping. That false dichotomy…..Rubio’s “welders vs. philosophers” idea.


Tim Cook… you can do better.