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Date: Fri, 20 Dec 2002 11:47:02 -0600
From: gary drummond
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Subject: Re: The need for a well rounded education
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James Llort wrote:
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It took a little time to reload my old info/documents from when my
son entered the state university, but I did review the correspondence
between me and the admissions office.
My son have VERY good teachers in high school, and classes that let
the students progress at the limit of their ability to learn. His
math teacher was accepted as a faculty member at the university the
year after he entered (and dropped out of) the university. :(
He took placement tests to determine what math classes he needed
to get his math major (and a physics minor...). He was told that he only
needed 5 semesters of math (2-2 semester subjects, and 1-1 semester
class) to satisfy the MATH requirements for his major. He also needed
3.5 years of liberal arts and multicultural classes for his math
degree. He dropped out, which I can understand, because I wouldn't
want to take "31 hours" of multi-cultural classes myself-if I was
going for a math degree!
The university web pages show some interesting numbers on credit
hours and tenured professors.
There are 4 times as many tenured arts & sciences professors as
there are full time/part time (not tenured!) instructors in
The majority of technology courses, including architecture, electronics,
electricity, math, chemistry, physics, and computers/programming
is taught by temp and visiting instructors.
Universities (and technical colleges) make MUCH ore money and
have larger enrollments on the "moving target" Windows classes,
than they do teaching Unix-based classes. (i.e. Unix is out!
Windows is in!)
From my viewpoint, the "well rounded" and "multicultural"
education has been the prime reason most other countries have
been graduating more engineers, or "hard science" students than
the US. We are losing our "edge" in many of the technology fields
that we used to be first in...
Perhaps it may be better, as the original poster has demonstrated, if
we did have bad spelling, grammar, and no relative experience in our
chosen field-just being "well rounded" is enough to get a position
that provides income, AND doesn't require that we can perform, or do