Monday, February 1, 2016

Matt Bevin Doesn't Know What the Fuck He's Doing, Part 14

Here's the thing about engineers: they know fuck-all about anything that is not engineering. Ask them to address a problem like, oh, say, the poisoning by lead of an entire city, and they're helpless.

Here's the thing about French literature majors: they have what we used to call a liberal arts education.  Before they - or anyone studying sociology, or history or medieval art - can get a degree, they have to show a firm grasp of concepts across all topics, from philosophy to, yes, engineering.

Ask a liberal arts major to address a problem like the poisoning of Flint and she will know exactly where to find the information and the experts to put together a plan that will work.

But Governor Know-Nothing has no interest in solving problems, other than the problem of how to strip the last pennies from Kentucky's working families and turn it over to his billionaire buddies.

Adam Beam at AP:

Kentucky Gov. Matt Bevin wants state colleges and universities to produce more electrical engineers and less French literature scholars.

The first-term Republican governor has a workforce shortage on his hands, and he says part of the problem is the public schools are not turning out degrees of the "things people want."

"There will be more incentives to electrical engineers than french literature majors. There just will," Bevin told reporters this week when announcing his two-year state spending proposal. "All the people in the world that want to study French literature can do so, they are just not going to be subsidized by the taxpayer."

Bevin's philosophy is more concerned with the degrees rather than student loan debt, which has been a major issue in the presidential race. Bevin's budget proposal includes moving Kentucky to a performance-based plan, where colleges and universities would get state tax dollars based on criteria such as graduation rates of certain degree programs.
Yep, pure Know-Nothingism. What Bevin's talking about isn't education; it's corporate drone training. We'll know how to put widgets together perfectly, but we won't know jack shit about running a democracy.

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1 comment:

Anonymous said...

The free market Bevin loves so much should take care of any shortage of a particular skillset. Higher wages offered = more people seeking those skillsets.

The problem is they want graduate engineers for minimum wage. Ooops.