Driving Awareness, Adoptions, and Affordability
Great to see Is There a STEM Worker Shortage? quoting Professor Hal Salzman of Rutgers’ Edward J. Bloustein School of Planning and Public Policy who says the shortage is a myth. Here is a similar and longer article in Atlantic Monthly: The Myth of the Science and Engineering Shortage.
I know many unemployed engineers right here in Silicon Valley -- while the tech companies scream that they cannot find people and keep asking for more H1Bs. As for scientists, there have never been many jobs for them.
For some time, I have been saying the USA does not need a huge percentage of graduates to be engineers or scientists (not even computer 'scientists'). The latest buzz is that we are behind because we are not teaching kids to 'code' in grade school. There are plenty of high-level tools for non-programmers to do the jobs that are plentiful in education, law, medical care, retail, transportation, and more. They do not need to 'code'.
One argument is that learning to code is learning to think logically, critically, and in-depth. We heard the same about algebra. This is not true. As an engineer, I took plenty of math courses and even learn to code. It was not from these that I gained skills in logic, critical thinking, and in-depth thinking. Those came from debate, literature, rhetoric, and logic courses and reading.