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Comment: Re:Way too many humanities majors (Score 1) 369

by HornWumpus (#49386533) Attached to: Why America's Obsession With STEM Education Is Dangerous

Why would they want to? Most of the humanities profs couldn't pass it.

I'm still waiting for the 'Emperors New Clothes' moment. But 'they' really will have a hard time topping some of the stupid things they've already said. If Chomsky still gets respect, despite being an apologist for genocide (among many other 'bad things'), there is no fixing it.

Yes I know 'computational linguistics' is a grey area, but Chomsky's work is not. His primary assertion 'Brains have language wired in' seems to be proving out to be wrong. Only took 40 years.

Comment: Re:Go to a Liberal Arts school... (Score 1) 369

by HornWumpus (#49381469) Attached to: Why America's Obsession With STEM Education Is Dangerous

Basically the same in the USA. The liberal arts majors get mad at us for 'blowing the curve'.

In college our advisers had us all change major to undecided before taking 'freshman comp', the English prof hated engineers. You were guaranteed to get a C at best with engineering as your major. With undecided most engineers got As or Bs. They collected the data and eventually forced emertus status on the jackass.

Note that liberal arts students don't have to take any non-remedial (for college) math or science. Yet they are the well rounded ones. They think they define 'well rounded'.

Comment: Re:Way too many humanities majors (Score 1) 369

by HornWumpus (#49381201) Attached to: Why America's Obsession With STEM Education Is Dangerous

This is not new. STEM professors guard the gates and maintain competence. They have been doing it for decades. Humanities have been rotten with grade inflation/relativism sense the 1960s. The bad example is in the STEM prof's face daily (and of course in the math-less science survey courses 'they' take).

Where do you think most of your HS teachers got degrees? They sure didn't bust ass in the education school.

If there were no humanities departments to transfer the bad students to, it would be worse. That acts as an idiot relief valve. The spoiled suburban kids get their humanities/business degrees and hard science/math/engineering degrees continue to have value.

Thank god for the calculus and physics course sequences. Did you notice that once you pass those, your academic advisers learned your name?

BTW I think 'Perverse Economic Incentives' would make a good porn title.

Comment: Re:Way too many humanities majors (Score 1) 369

by HornWumpus (#49381111) Attached to: Why America's Obsession With STEM Education Is Dangerous

Or they could be devalued because of the advertisments, tv shows, music and other crap that 99% of them produce.

Most 'writers' work isn't worth $1000/year.

The basic fact is nobody sets out to be a cog doing something boring. Fun, creative work is desired by all.

You can find it by slogging through a bunch of technical subjects, at the end of that process is fun, creative work for those who can see big pictures and do the technical things.

But on the humanities side of the world there is no slogging through tough subjects. They are all just special snowflakes and it's the world's problem that we don't want to employ them all 'creating'.

Comment: Re:Way too many humanities majors (Score 0) 369

by HornWumpus (#49381015) Attached to: Why America's Obsession With STEM Education Is Dangerous

Having attended many parties thrown by art students I can tell you that you are full of shit regarding 'art isn't easier then engineering'. The school part is much much easier, making a living, not so much.

Regarding crazy professors. All schools have those. It's just a byproduct of tenure.

Comment: Re:Easy. (Score 1) 271

You realize the resigning employee knew he was going to resign before management did and could have done anything he wanted back when he was 'a loyal trooper'.

The best story of timebombs I know as back in the 70s. 3 months after an employee left all the delinquent Sears CC bills went out 'Your mother carried your for nine months, We're not your mother. Pay-up dead beat.' They went out like that for months.

They would have sued the programmer. But their payoff rate skyrocketed and they couldn't prove who did it anyhow.

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