Don't dumb it down

There are 3 comments on the Lowell Sun story from Dec 9, 2008, titled Don't dumb it down. In it, Lowell Sun reports that:

We have long wondered how the commonwealth's students stack up to the rest of the world in math and science.

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Nutty Professor

Tyngsboro, MA

#1 Dec 9, 2008
Guys, I agree with what you are saying here, but please consider this. Back in the 1970-1980’s everyone was told a career in engineering and sciences where the way to go. This turned out, in the long run to be completely untrue. There are countless unemployed engineers in this state today, all of them by definition experts in math. There is no way I would encourage kids to go into engineering. While getting a degree in engineering is like a liberal arts degree in how things work and invaluable, there is no money in it. The companies cannot wait to have you develop a product then ship it overseas to be produced and ship you out the door. The H1-B issue is a national disgrace. The working conditions are so deplorable there is a national comic strip depicting high tech (Dilbert).

“Dust in the wind”

Since: Feb 07

Chehalis, WA

#2 Dec 9, 2008
Can always scrub terlets, bus tables, mop floors, or move out to the country and milk cows.
Bagdad Harry

United States

#3 Dec 9, 2008
Nutty Professor wrote:
Guys, I agree with what you are saying here, but please consider this. Back in the 1970-1980’s everyone was told a career in engineering and sciences where the way to go. This turned out, in the long run to be completely untrue. There are countless unemployed engineers in this state today, all of them by definition experts in math. There is no way I would encourage kids to go into engineering. While getting a degree in engineering is like a liberal arts degree in how things work and invaluable, there is no money in it. The companies cannot wait to have you develop a product then ship it overseas to be produced and ship you out the door. The H1-B issue is a national disgrace. The working conditions are so deplorable there is a national comic strip depicting high tech (Dilbert).
Lets all study law so we can figure out new ways to screw each other!
You are just totally wrong about the engineering degree. I received mine in the mid 80's just at the advent of the personal computer. I had a choice to pursue that or continue in the radio technology field. I chose the latter. Oh well can't make all the right choices! But have managed to keep myself employed and financially solvent ever since. So pay attention in algebra and take that high school calculus. It will help you in the long run. Liberal arts is for those that enjoy fast food industry!

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