Craig Brennan on Mon, 7 Jul 2003 12:12:07 -0400

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Re: [PLUG] Tech jobs and politics, and IT diploma mills

The problem with most IT "schools" today is that the school's management does not realize that you will learn nothing in a pristine lab setting using only MS software.  The average network runs anything and everything to get the job done and you get all the problems/compatability issues/hardware failures/etc. that go with that.  It those IT labs, there should be a nice pristine network to learn what buttons to push, and then nextdoor the real network with say a Novell file server, an NT2000 DNS server, a Solaris application server, and a nice RAID array of Citrix servers running NT4.0 (you get the idea, a mishmash) and the student gets 3 simultaneous problems with users screaming at him that he has 10 minutes to fix.
Like the one competent networking instructor told me ... "There's the Microsoft world, and there's the real world."

Magnus <> wrote:

On Monday, July 7, 2003, at 10:51 AM, Stephen Gran wrote:

> The kids you're teaching (who I'm quite sure are idiots for the
> most part, just like every college everywhere) are expecting 'life to
> be
> fair' or some variation, but when businesses don't have to be fair,
> they
> won't.

FWIW, there are some real idiot teachers out there as well, and idiot
administrations. My kid brother goes to Pennsylvania Institute of
Technology which apparently is a pit (PIT?) that young people sink a
couple of years into and come out the other side learning obsolete
skills or learning relevant subjects *incorrectly*. The stuff he
brings home from school is really depressing. I sat in on one of his
classes once and had to wonder where they get these instructors from.
They are the sorts of people who make things up if they don't know the


C. Magnus Hedemark
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