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Commentary: Maybe 'they' should study some science instead?

2/1/2008 08:00 PM EST
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harry12345678
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harry12345678   2/15/2008 4:16:56 PM
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Absolutely true

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Lou Covey   2/4/2008 4:49:12 PM
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We're all in the same boat, but on the other side. I raised two artists. My daughter is a dancer and an actor. My son a musician. The both did well in math and science in high school, but they hate both subjects with a passion. What they want to study is their art. If they were raised in Europe, that's what they would be studying now. But to get an education in the US, they have to have a "balanced" education that includes science and math in equal levels to what they intend to apply their lives to. The result are technology classes filled with people who really don't care about the subject holding back all those that do. And what comes out of those classes are technologists who believe they are smarter than management because they have seen their management fail in the same classes. Technologists need to be attending to technology, managers need too manage, marketers need to market, and artists need to make art.

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truant   2/4/2008 2:00:32 PM
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I also concur. ?? These are the same people who call upon the technical community to solve every problem quickly, painlessly, and without tradeoffs.? Or without appreciation in the pay scales I might add. People wonder why few want to apply themselves to be great engineers, and the answer is obvious: Unless someone has it in their bones to do this kind of stuff, the rewards are sub-standard compared to the earnings potential of an [technically ignorant] upper management track.

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lensart   2/4/2008 9:29:20 AM
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Absolutely! I agree without reservation. This problem seems amplified in the work place. The favorite non-tech anthem toward engineers and programmers is that they lack the ability to 'simplify' complex problems sufficiently for non-techs to understand. Try as they might, reducing the number of lines in a TV image doesn't make the picture sharper. Similar to the way in which the Peter Principle approaches career advancement, there appears to be a parallel in technical problem solving: "Conflicts regarding technology will escalate to the management level least capable of understanding the problem." Given non-technical management, technological decisions will be based upon a combination of: - popularity. - familiarity. - beauty. - availability. - trust. - superstition. - luck. - crud. - other qualities in no way related to the question at hand. Kirk's Law...

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