paulhewson wrote:“We don’t educate people anymore. We train them to get jobs.”
If only people were getting trained to get jobs.
As a once-film major, I can tell you that this quote coming from a "film and media studies" professor is not only ignorant but completely honest. She probably does really think that, she just isn't aware of reality.
So while we bemoan our country’s lack of intellectual prowess, it isn’t by a failure of design.
Uh, excuse me? Apparently the American Dream is now graduate high school, get a liberal arts degree, go to grad school for more liberal arts, then when there is no more school to take, live on unemployment and don't pay back your student loans because you can't get a job and have no qualifying skills and oh, you're 30 years old.
It's absolutely failed design, or else we would at least be in the TOP 25 COUNTRIES IN THE WORLD in math, reading, OR science [(link, quick search)
]. But we aren't. Our rankings are embarrassing. But hey, they complain about the standardized testing system and then ask media studies professors for their expert opinions.
Design around that...
As an artist whose goal is to eventually live off the profit of my art, I absolutely think that humanities, liberal arts, and social sciences are crucial to our development as a nation and a civilization. I just think most people in these fields are actually subtracting from this development rather than adding to it. It's oversaturated to the point of waste.
As an engineer and qualified professional in several technical fields, it is so completely obvious that we do not have enough people studying math and science, and this is a result of design. It should be harder to get into secondary schools, major emphasis should be placed on technical subjects, and people who go into these fields should be rigorously trained, educated, and paid well. Without a major shift toward math and science, we are boned. People have said this for years, and yet the problem somehow perpetuates itself and seems to get worse, not better.
The problem isn't so much a failure of design as it is designed failure.
This article may be interesting, but in the end it's ultimately a self-proof and therefore ironically accurate in its depiction of "America's idiocy".