Interdisciplinearity LO22780

Steve Eskow (
Sat, 2 Oct 1999 09:09:00 -0600

Replying to LO22770 --


For me, and probably for no one else on this list, I cannot connect any of
the issues, problems, lacks, shortcomings, failures, and difficulties you
mention and "interdisciplinarity" as a possible remedy.

That is, I cannot find the link between problem and solution.

For example, the message below.

You point out that recruiters go to different campuses to recruit managers
and engineers.


Is that a problem of some sort? What is wrong with going to different
campuses to recruit different kinds of people?

Should colleges try to produce engineer-managers by changing the curricula
in engineering and management: combining them, perhaps?

Does this issue somehow relate to the quantity of liberal arts
courses--say, in the humanities--that is the curriculum of engineers and

We're illustrating, I think, one of the problems of a "learning

We share a background, have the same "terminal" degrees, and want to
understand each other, and keep trying.

And I don't yet understand what you're saying.

I feel the intensity of your concern for what you feel are serious
deficits in US education, and your belief that the complaints of employers
are somehow significant (I attach less importance to them than you do,
because employers around the world, around the clock, and throughout
history have the same complaints)but I can't get my head around the
cause-effect relationship you find.



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