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Published: Monday, Nov. 19 2012 10:05 a.m. MST

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Steve Cottrell
Centerville, UT

Engineering is far more marketable than many liberal arts degrees. They are much more likely to have work both as they graduate and in the years beyond graduation.

The math and science preparation is critical. One who has that preparation and begins in engineering and then chooses to change majors is seldom at a disadvantage. Those without the math and science find it nearly impossible to change majors into engineering, sciences, or mathematics.

LDS Aerospace Engineer
Farmington, UT

I don't know where they got those numbers,
but the reality is about 2/3 that much -- 1/2 that much here in Utah.

BTW - Engineering students spend more time in class, and have the highest Home-work hours than any other major -- even Medical School.
The pay is also less.

As an investment in college - I should have been a Doctor.

samhill
Salt Lake City, UT

It's really too bad that the world doesn't need more video game players, cell-phone talkers, TV/Movie watchers, general goof-ball posers, etc., to whom they would pay a decent wage.

There are OOdles of such younger people hanging around all over the place. Believers in some sort of magical future where their "skills" will someday, somehow, be marketable.

It is for the reasons outlined in this article that we can expect our country to continue its decline.

I hate to say it.....and see it.

Erika
Salem, Utah

I applaud the drafting and science teachers at Salem Hills High School who introduced my daughter to engineering options, including the Engineering State program at USU. She takes the challenging classes, attended the camp as a sophomore and wants to go again. It is a lot of work, but she loves it. THANKS!

rnoble
Pendleton, OR

LDS aerospace:
I assume you are referring to the earnings numbers. I have several engineers among my family and friends and although I am not privy to details, their lifestyles show 6 figure incomes. And I am also aware that they started directly out of school with no "job search" required as they all either went to work at the venues they had been interning during college breaks or had multiple offers to choose from. To suggest that it is different in Utah may be accurate, but two of my friends started in Utah and then moved elsewhere so for them the no "job search" still applied and their income is still very high based on the displayed lifestyle. From informal discussion I also believe all of my engineer family and friends operate for the most part without debt.

worf
Mcallen, TX

Why don't we learn from our mistakes? Some examples of strategies which haven't worked:

* standardized testing
* Head Start program
* hands on learning
* cooperative learning
* forced group work
* research base objectives and teaching strategies
* longer days, and school year

Half our people on welfare, and more then half our engineers from other countries.

American schools. The biggest scam in history.

worf
Mcallen, TX

How are students to become interested in engineering, or anything else when the focus is test taking, and being classified because of the scores?

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