Rob Best asks: What ever happened to Dad and Son Parent-Child mentoring?
In my case, engineering skipped a generation. However, I did get appreciation of art, movies, comics, and humor from my Art Historian father, and an appreciation of literature, languages, and music from my English Lit mother.
RB: In fact kids that do find joy in equation solving are scorned and mocked as geeks whilst great honor is given to football thugs.
That describes perfectly my high school experience many decades ago. If anything, it's better now with more participation by girls and the popularity of shows like The Big Bang Theory.
RB: For decades there have been books written on the harmful dummying-up of our school systems.
Sounds like a waste of time to write books like that. The people who need to read them are too busy watching TV or cat videos to benefit from them :-) 'Merca has long had a tradition of glorifying ignorance and holding learning in contempt. I agree it has gotten worse as more of the work force grew up with TV destroying their concentration and attention span.
Interesting. Maybe H1B is replaced by company internship programs for US engineering graduates---or some combo thereof: if your US company imports "work ready" talent using H1B, you have to hire the same number of newly graduated EEs who are US citizens and give them on the job training. Anyone know if that's already in the H1B regulations, or at least proposed?
Electrical engineering jobs in US went down by 10.4% last year. We lost 35,000 electrical engineering jobs and unemployment rate for US EEs went to 3.4%, according to an analysis of US Dept of Labor data by IEEE USA. "The trend in electrical engineering employment is occurring despite the emergence of the so-called Internet of Things, which promises to put networked electronics into every imaginable consumer and industrial product," according to this article in Computerworld.
@Rob Best: The best father-son interaction would be for the engineer-father to advise his son to join the debate club in high school as a prelude for a Juris Doctor degree and an appellate-court clerkship.
@ gearhead63 When I have hired people before, their age didn't come into play, their ability and attitude were the biggest deciding factors.
That's because back then the interviewing and hiring decisions were made by the technical folks. Now we have HR departments staffed by those whose major ability is using keyword-matching software to turn a big pile of resumes into a small pile. Age does become a factor even though none will admit this.
What ever happened to Dad and Son mentoring ? Maybe the culture of engineering should be passed on to children from the parents ?
Like the "good old days" of Heathkit, amateur radio, and electronic kits. Even grandpa in the garage with his crystal radio set. Many of the top engineers I know had such mentoring backgrounds as kids.
Unfortunately, I watched our cultural decay for decades now. Whole families "vegging out" in front of the TV, internet, video games and don't forget a glut of porn.
Despite this pleasure drunk society with its many bursts of elations the kids and parents still seem to be more sad and lost than ever as time goes on.
We've lost our ability to find lasting joy in constructive things such as solving a difficult math/physics problems in homework books. In fact kids that do find joy in equation solving are scorned and mocked as geeks whilst great honor is given to football thugs.
For decades there have been books written on the harmful dummying up of our schools systems.
Question is what to do ? Answer: Dads get very involved with the joy of training your kids. Also join or start a "high tech oriented" ham club.
You may ask what's high tech in ham radio ?. Well AMSAT, Space Balloons, Moon bounce (EME), Meteor scatter, Laser comm. and the such. Of course there are many ways of using digital techniques in ham. But far more neglected and brain challenging is the analog side. Building amplifiers, Impedance matching, UHF/EHF engineering and much more.
Electrical engineering should be a way a life for family and community not some dead zombie like science. No wonder why so many engineers hate their jobs. They missed out on the family and fun part. I lament you if that's the case with you. Perhaps it's not too late! Rather than fret over our countries demise why not start something today ?
I don't think throwing more STEM tax (or inflated dollars) at the problem will get us very far. The solution is grassroots in nature. Love and good works are not very expensive. It's more about attitude.
Saving our innovative American heritage is not some grievous duty. It's a ton of fun!
Interesting reply. I'm glad that you posted this because I have been hearing a variety of opinions regarding the topic of us not having enough engineers in America. However, I do know quite a bit of engineers from a variety of backgrounds who are looking for opportunities. I think the issue is the number of engineers looking for opportunities and the knowledge to fill some of the open positions. Have you done an assessment of the number of jobs available and compared it with the available number of engineers looking for a job? I'm curious.
I thought the same Krisi but he was adamant. He did say it was just the cost of employment (excluding productivity). When I probed him further he said the state in France provide a lot of subsidies for employment and I believe that to be true.