A Very Good Article About Why America is Not Producing Enough Scientists and Engineers

From the New York Times. This is especially insightful:

Other deterrents are the tough freshman classes, typically followed by two years of fairly abstract courses leading to a senior research or design project. “It’s dry and hard to get through, so if you can create an oasis in there, it would be a good thing,” says Dr. Goldberg…

Notre Dame’s engineering dean, Peter Kilpatrick, will be the first to concede that sophomore and junior years, which focus mainly on theory, remain a “weak link” in technical education.

The same is true in meteorology, especially the sophomore year. There are lots of very difficult courses, some of which have little or nothing to do with what meteorologists actually do.

I’m glad to see that schools are starting to change the curriculum. More changes are needed.

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