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Richard Erlacher
03/09/06 22:57
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Denver, Co

#111830 - Likewise ...
Responding to: Erik Malund's previous message

Not long ago, I had the experience of interviewing individuals for a well-compensated position.

There were numerous applicants, and I inteviewed six of them. Four were moderately experienced graduates of respectable institutions, with BSEE and the other two held MS, one in EE, the other in physics.

After chatting with them a bit, mainly to relieve the tension, I asked each one to read an article from a popular magazine, one that was relevant to the task to be performed. I then asked them to summarize the article in a few words. Subsequently, showed them a schematic and demonstrated a procedure on the test bench, then asked them to write a couple of paragraphs about what they'd seen and what conclusions they'd reached.

I found that, of the lot, not one could write a decent summary of the demonstration I'd presented, despite that I'd gotten quite good at it, and then of course, not one had been sufficiently able to read to enable them to realize that the article they'd earlier read was about the very procedure I'd performed. If they'd been able to write, or, even to read and remember, at least one of them would have gotten the job. As it was, I had to do it myself.

Now, I did, in fact attend the "correct" universities, and get the grades, but that all ended in the mid-'60's. Universities have dropped in quality just like every other thing. It's sad, though, that engineering graduates can neither read or write.


List of 22 messages in thread
i suggest you read      Erik Malund      03/08/06 10:45      
   Flawed article      Ian Bell      03/08/06 11:17      
      men only      Jan Waclawek      03/08/06 11:28      
         you don;'t know Jack      Erik Malund      03/08/06 12:04      
            you want a laugh?      Jez Smith      03/08/06 12:44      
               Tar with the same brush      Ian Bell      03/08/06 13:47      
                  i dont think so      Jez Smith      03/08/06 23:43      
                     grades???      Jan Waclawek      03/08/06 23:53      
                     Snobbery      Ian Bell      03/09/06 03:37      
                        re grades      Erik Malund      03/09/06 06:46      
                           Graduates      Ian Bell      03/09/06 10:08      
                              yes, but      Erik Malund      03/09/06 10:43      
                                 Value of Education      Ian Bell      03/09/06 13:16      
                                    It is sad, but      Erik Malund      03/09/06 14:27      
                                       Cost of Education      Ian Bell      03/09/06 16:23      
                           gonna get a PhD, or a lobotomy      Andy Peters      03/09/06 10:50      
                              lobotomy? do you like the idea?      Jan Waclawek      03/09/06 11:04      
                              just to clerify      Erik Malund      03/09/06 11:28      
                                 I'm glad you said that ...      Richard Erlacher      03/09/06 23:08      
                           Likewise ...      Richard Erlacher      03/09/06 22:57      
   Correct by construction      Oliver Sedlacek      03/09/06 08:15      
      i do, follow much of it      Erik Malund      03/09/06 09:24      

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