Friday, February 15, 2008

Math-free Engineering?

I can't remember precisely which Horseman of the Apocalypse came bearing this, but it is the inevitable development of our current school system's utter lack of mathematics in classes called "mathematics": Engineering, now with less actual math, trying to "stress its social relevance"!

I keep saying it and I'll say it again: for the last 20 or so years, the actual math content of the average high school education has been diminishing, and we are now at the point where there is so little actual math going around that the people teaching it don't know that they don't know math. People nowadays actually think math is about being trained to be a graphing calculator monkey. Nevertheless, technology still depends on mathematical principles. Therefore there will be even fewer people in the future who actually understand enough math to develop new technology.

Barring massive changes to our immigration laws to allow in much larger quantities of educated people from all over the world, I predict complete technological implosion in 20-40 years. We are already having to import teachers from other countries at the state university level because we lack "local talent". Watch for imports of high school teachers.