The Demise Of Math Education And Engineering In America – There Is A Way To Reverse This Trend

In a world where advanced knowledge is widespread and low-cost labor is readily available, America's advantages in the marketplace of engineering and science technology have begun to erode. There's a way for students to enhance their math skills while still in high school. I suggest every high school student interested in upgrading their math skills to enroll in a drafting class. Curriculum advisors should encourage more high schools to offer drafting classes, with emphasis on designing small projects and constructing the design. In my opinion, this is a sure fire way to get students interested in engineering and understanding math. Speaking from self experience, enrolling in a drafting course made math easier to understand. After finishing a drafting course, I highly encourage the student to take a Computer Aided Drafting Design (CADD) course. Most colleges and technical institutions offer drafting and CADD together as one course. The student will be introduced to 3D modeling, 3D animation, desktop publishing, ADA codes and guidelines, and much more. The avenues to engineering knowledge goes on and on.

This is my driving force for writing this article; when I witnessed Mr. Bill Gates of MicroSoft Inc. (www.microsoft.com) testifying to the US Congress stating, "we need to import engineers from third world countries, because there's a shortage of qualified engineers in America", hit me in the gut like a ton of bricks. Before I go any further, I want to make it crystal clear I view Mr. Gates with the utmost of respect in regards to his generosity to underprivileged people, and his computer business Savvy to grow MicroSoft into one of the largest and most profitable companies in the world. With that said, we all know, or we all should know, importing engineers from third world countries will drive the salary down for engineers graduating from prestigious engineering institutions like Massachusetts Institute of Technology (www.mit.edu) and Virginia Tech (www. vt.edu), that's a fact.

A brief history about CADD, CADD was originally introduced as a replacement for the traditional drafting board. I was introduced to CADD in 1980, using a CADD system by the name of Auto-Trol (www.auto-trol.com); the system I used was a DOS based system, no pull down menus and no color. All commands had to be typed in from your keyboard, if you wanted to draw a line or circle, you had to manually type it in, and make sure your spelling was correct. Later I worked on a CADD system by Sun Micro Systems (www.sun.com), which enhanced my knowledge in regards to 3D capability. Then along came AutoCAD !!! (www.autodesk.com), which in my opinion blew the lid off of Computer Aided Drafting. All of a sudden you had pull down menus, short cuts, and color. AutoCAD (www.autodesk.com) simplified CADD to the point where an idiot could understand it, and be proficient at it. I have to say, I do not believe I would have been able to hit the ground running when I was introduced to AutoCAD (www.autodesk.com), without having the …

Internships Shape Your Career

After graduating from tertiary institutions young people usually seek for internships in order to gain practical experience. As a graduate, you will need some thorough training before your potential employer can even look at your CV. In most cases, young people need to be trained in the working environment before applying for full-time employment. Hunting for a company that will give you training is always challenging as most graduates like you will also be competing for the same opportunity you are seeking. Before you hunt It is a well-known fact that most employers will preferably hire an experienced candidate instead of an applicant without any work experience. Applicants who have acquired practical experience will likely be given first preference in the job market. This is always the case because companies are always fishing for employees who will use their previous knowledge and expertise to move the organization forward. Internships are designed to assist new graduates with on the job knowledge. Training is always vital and it can help sharpen your skills, it also gives you more opportunity to get hired. Most companies offer training for young people who are looking to gain experience in their field of study. You can find internships opportunities in both the public and the private sector. Government institutions provide a lot of internships programmes for aspiring graduates.

The private sector is also constantly advertising training opportunities. Whether you are hired by the private or public sector doesn’t matter, what is important is gaining that work experience. Focus on training yourself and growing your skills. Focusing on your own self-development is crucial in the beginning stages of your career. This is the time where you need to use most of your energy in learning new things. Make sure you grasp everything that you will be taught by your mentor or the person that you will be reporting to. Remember that you also have a chance to get absorbed by your employer. Some companies are usually likely to hire candidates after completion of training. If you show dedication and motivation in your job you will increase the likelihood of employment after you have successfully completed your training. Even if you are not hired at your place of training you will still have a good chance find employment somewhere else. Making most of your current opportunity is what counts more, make sure you stand out and do better than the other trainees. After all the job industry is competitive, your eyes should be on the price from the start. You are not here to make friends, you need this job and you should seize the opportunity.

Age does make a difference in the workplace environment, and it is also true that maturity goes hand in hand with experience. However, it is also a known fact that the younger you are the more energy you have, young people should use their healthy minds and bodies while they still can. Do not regret the time you wasted when you were …

Michel Foucault

Michel Foucault, (born October fifteen, 1926, Poitiers, France – died June twenty five, 1984, Paris), French philosopher as well as historian, one of probably the most important and debatable scholars of the post World War II period.

The son as well as grandson of a doctor, Michel Foucault was created to a solidly bourgeois household. He resisted what he regarded as the provincialism of the upbringing of his and the native country of his, and the career of his was marked by regular sojourns abroad. A notable but at times erratic pupil, Foucault received entry at the age of twenty to the École Normale Superieure (ENS) in Paris in 1946. There he studied philosophy and psychology, adopted and then abandoned communism, as well as established a good reputation as a sedulous, amazing, and eccentric pupil.

After graduating in 1952, Foucault started a career marked by continual movement, both professionally and intellectually. He taught at the Faculty of Lille, then wasted 5 years (1955 60) working as a cultural attache at Uppsala, Sweden; Warsaw, Poland; and Hamburg, West Germany (now Germany). Foucault defended the doctoral dissertation of his at the ENS in 1961. Circulated under the title Folie et deraison: histoire de la folie à l’âge classique (“Madness and Unreason: A History of Madness in the Classical Age”). It won critical praise but had a limited audience. (An abridged version was translated into English and published in 1965 as Madness and Civilization: A History of Insanity in the Age of Reason.)

His other early monographs, written while he taught at the University of Clermont-Ferrand in France (1960-66), had much the same fate. Not until the look of Les Mots et les choses (Things” and “words; Eng. trans. The Order of Things) in 1966 did Foucault start attracting large notice as one of probably the most unique and debatable thinkers of his days. He decided to view his developing ideas from a distance – at the Faculty of Tunis in Tunisia (1966-68) – and was still in Tunis when student riots erupted in Paris of the spring of 1968.

In 1969 he published L’Archeologie du savoir (The Archaeology of Knowledge). In 1970, after a short tenure as director of the philosophy department at the Faculty of Paris, Vincennes, he was given a chair in the history of systems of thought at the Collège de France, France’s most prestigious post secondary institution. The appointment granted Foucault the chance to conduct intense research.

Between 1971 as well as 1984 Foucault wrote a few works, like Surveiller et punir: naissance de la prison (1975; Discipline and Punish: The Birth of the Prison), a monograph on the growth of the contemporary prison; 3 volumes of a record of Western sexuality; in addition to countless essays. Foucault continued traveling widely, and also as his status grew he spent lengthy periods in Brazil, Canada, Italy, Japan, and the United States.

He became especially connected to Berkeley, California, and the San Francisco Bay area and became a visiting lecturer …