- The world’s tallest building is in Taipei, and will soon be in Dubai.
- Its largest publicly traded company is in Beijing.
- Its biggest refinery is being constructed in India.
- Its largest passenger airplane is built in Europe.
- The largest investment fund on the planet is in Abu Dhabi;
- the biggest movie industry is Bollywood, not Hollywood.
- The largest Ferris wheel is in Singapore.
- The largest casino is in Macao,
- The Mall of America in Minnesota once boasted that it was the largest shopping mall in the world. Today it wouldn’t make the top ten.
- In the most recent rankings, only two of the world’s ten richest people are American.
Farheed Zakaria does a masterful job of outlining the shifting position of America in the global context. None of his comments should come as a surprise to anyone who has kept up with the literature.
His outlook is not one of doom and gloom. There is a place for continued success of individuals in the global economy. It will be ushered in by creative associations, integrations, and capitalizations—not by entrenched isolation.
Will we rely on the current model of high school to get us there? If we are not evolving that time-honored institution, it too will stack up globally like many items on the bulleted list above . . .
If it doesn’t already.
Is it any wonder?