Posts from April 2017

STATE OF AMERICAN EDUCATION

April 24, 2017

  From a QUANTA Magazine interview with Freeman Dyson, “A ‘Rebel’ Without a Ph.D” by Thomas Lin, we find an arresting introduction to today’s subject: Dyson, the world-renowned mathematical physicist and now 90, when asked, “You became a professor at Cornell without ever having received a Ph.D.  You seem proud of that fact?”         “Oh, yes. I’m very proud of not having a Ph.D. I think the Ph.D. system is an abomination. It was...

MATH/SCIENCE = MANUFACTURING

April 19, 2017

I’m sure it’s no secret to any of you who work in the process and manufacturing industries that science and mathematics are inexorably linked to what you and your organization do on a daily basis.  Of equal importance is the fact that the American economy is hinged, to a large extent, on the contributions science and math make to our industrial complex. Manufacturing has the largest multiplier of all sectors of the...

ADVANCES IN SKILLS TRAINING

April 17, 2017

While the following results are a couple of years old, they undoubtedly still apply today: “Lack of training is the biggest obstacle to manufacturing quality success today, according to the 2014 Manufacturing Training Trends Survey recently released by Seminars for Engineers. According to the report, 27% of respondents cited lack of training, 20% cited outmoded equipment, 16% cited poor quality control and 14% cited company morale. While 89% said their company offers opportunities...

MORE JOBS & SKILLS TRAINING

April 12, 2017

Lately, we’ve been reading a lot about the changes coming to U.S. manufacturing.  We’ve seen articles written about the return of manufacturing jobs to America as well as the disconnect between those jobs and insufficiently trained applicants. An article in Plant Engineering summarizes these issues: More manufacturing jobs are returning to U.S. shores while new innovation “hubs” are being created across the nation.  The manufacturing sector is undergoing an evolution where innovation...

THE TEACHING PROFESSION

April 10, 2017

“The truth about teachers…  Until you have had the distinct privilege to teach, you will never fully know what goes on behind that closed (or even open) classroom door.  Despite what some assume, teachers are overworked and underpaid.  Despite that, some claim they have perfect hours and more than adequate time off. But teachers don’t clock out at 3p.m. nor do they stop working the first week of June.  Despite what some...