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Monday, October 19, 2009

Bozos in Parade

Two related items in today's Parade Sunday magazine caught my eye.

1. In reference to an intensive 2.5-year program in Computer Science at Neumont University, a Professor of Higher Education at Boston College is quoted as saying "I'm sure that they turn out really great technicians, but how are these students going to fit into the real world?"

Given that the real world is populated by a large percentage of what appear to be idiots, she's probably correct. However, many of the future teachers that I have taught do not appear to know anything about English, Mathematics, History, Geography, or even a foreign language. For them, higher education appears only to be a way to a job.

2. A piece taken from a new book, begins "Humans are good at many things - typing, inventing stuff - but we're quite bad at assessing risk".

To begin, I wouldn't class being a competent typist with being an inventor, any more than I would compare driving skill with a concert performance.

At most 5% of the population in the industrial world actually 'invents things', or advances human knowledge. Most of the rest just use it. Has it occurred to these authors that the same idiots who use all of that technology without understanding might just be the ones who panic unjustifiably?

2 comments:

James Higham said...

Given that the real world is populated by a large percentage of what appear to be idiots, she's probably correct.

I'd like to see the stats on the proportion of idiots.

Paddington said...

James - I include those texting while driving, picking up strange men and spending the night, etc. Just check out some of the ads in http://www.yousuckatcraigslist.com/