[Beowulf] Re: about clusters in high schools

Robert G. Brown rgb at phy.duke.edu
Mon Jan 30 10:02:50 PST 2006

On Sun, 29 Jan 2006, James Cownie wrote:

> On 28 Jan 2006, at 03:37, Andrew Piskorski wrote:
>> A whole CLASS on "team work" or "presentation skills"?  As fundamental
>> to an ENGINEERING curriculum?  God save us...  Or rather, let's hope
>> all the engineers we import from India and China save us - from faulty
>> automobiles, process plant disasters, collapsing bridges, etc. etc.
> A whole class may be more than is necessary, but the inability of the Morton 
> Thiokol engineers
> to produce a convincing presentation of their results which made their 
> concerns clear to their management
> and also convinced NASA was a major contribution to the decision to launch 
> Challenger...
> So, some education in presentation skills seems worthwhile.

...which is best obtained by in fact attending a liberal arts college
and actually taking a broad base of electives that include both written
and verbal communication and group/shared learning processes...as a
physics or math major!

(ducks into nearby nuclear-proofed bomb shelter...:-)


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