The backlash I have seen is mostly monetary. People want a sure thing, and an engineering degree isn’t.
And yes, a large majority of the students aren’t ready for first year engineering. The math required takes some effort to get, and with most large state colleges, the teaching is done in giant rooms with hundreds of students. It is also taught by a visiting professor who would rather eat glass than teach the class.
So, after being given individual teaching in a small classroom environment, with usually only a medium amount of instruction in calculus, they are thrust into one of the most unconducive environments for learning the subject. Fancy that they don’t succeed.
Although I have heavy personal bias to the subject of the article, this guy sounds like he has a serious case of sour grapes. Sterotypes thrown left and right. Strange crap like:
I considered switching to civil engineering until several professors helpfully pointed out that there hasn’t been much work for civil engineers since our country essentially stopped building dams, bridges and other large-scale projects decades ago.
?? Any time a large building gets built, there are civil engineers there. Civil doesn’t mean run by the government.
An ex-girlfriend who’d graduated a couple of years before me worked as a physicist for a company that was secretly developing genetically modified organisms for use in internationally banned biological weapons. She was assigned to a team trying to perfect long-range lasers to incinerate cities and towns from the sky. “We’re all sinners,” I remember lecturing her over beers one night, “and we all do things we regret. But if there’s a hell I’m positive that anyone who does what you do will be on the express elevator, going down.”
No mention of companies. Heavy sermonizing. I’d love to know the company that had hands in both biomedical and particle physics based stuff. Not saying that it didn’t happen, but the company would have to have divisions in both. That narrows it down considerably. At the same time be stupid enough to let the physics people know about the biological weapons stuff. I would think most of that would be on a need to know basis. Maybe Raytheon, but I didn’t think they had a large biochem presence.
He then talks about the monsters he would have to work with, and then preceeds to go to Wall Street, bastion of moral purity.
He seems very angry.