William H. Magill on Tue, 8 Jul 2003 10:30:14 -0400

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

On Monday, July 7, 2003, at 10:58 AM, 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

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 answer.

Easy... These are the same people who believe that taking an old 16 meg 286 out of the trash, "making it work again," and then giving it to people who don't have a computer is really a good thing -- because its better than nothing!

There is an incredibly large percentage of the population who believe that computers are like autombiles -- if the engine still runs, there is no difference between a Model T and a Crown Victoria ... they both get you where you want to go. The fact that one has a manual hand cranked starter and the other an electric one, or that one has air-conditioning and the other not even a heater doesn't matter.

William H. Magill
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