China and India Pave the Vocational Path
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  • MarkE

    Something rings very true about this post. The Germans align graduate students in technical areas with potential jobs by having graduate theses funded by appropriate industries. The thesis topic is presumably negotiated to be interesting to both the student and the industry.
    This increases the chance of the graduate finding a job and my supply the industry with useful R&D.
    The US educational system seems to disdain the practical experience in favor of theoretical and detached learning. This seems like a waste for everyone but a few future professors.

  • Jim__L

    Employers in the US are not allowed to use skill testing in the hiring process, as it causes “disparate impact” against minorities. So, if you’re supposed to be an electrical tech, a hiring manager can’t ask you whether you can tell a resistor from a capacitor… but the hiring manager CAN require a college degree, on the theory that college kids have demonstrated they are “trainable”.

    Not just inefficiency, but ineffectiveness, is built into our system.

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