"It was confusing when, several years ago, Bill Gates blasted American education for failing to produce enough graduates in science, technology and engineering. Really? Not enough workers in those fields? At the same time that he was making these statements, I knew computer programmers and biologists who couldn't find jobs and others who were facing stagnating and falling wages."
In my industry, the semiconductor industry, there is a VERY strong demand for design engineers who KNOW calculus. They make a LOT of money, and their jobs are the most secure on the planet. Unfortunately, this excludes almost ALL Americans who were educated in a system which still can't figure out that to know calculus is a DROP DEAD requirement, no exceptions. The LAST day a successful semiconductor design was manufactured HERE was in 1986, at which time all the mainly Chinese design engineers from both Taiwan and mainland China who were designing OUR chips went back home, and took ALL of this design expertise with them. Since that day, almost ALL of our chips are made either in Taiwan, Japan, or even now Korea (along with everything else, of course).
SAT scores tell us that affirmative action has been a RAGING success: two thirds of college admissions are the least qualified students on the planet, including those from India where they can't be admitted there because of their poor academic skills but are easily admitted here. And of course to them calculus is just an irritant.
TERMINATE affirmative action, begin teaching CALCULUS (not the phoney baloney "pre-calculus"), and in about half a century, this might not be too confusing to Karen.
"The Chronicle of Higher Education did an excellent job of reporting on this in November 2013; unfortunately, the publication isn't read much by the general public. [See 'The STEM Crisis: Reality or Myth?'"
No, the problem is that ANYONE from the "general public" who dares to question the education mafia's infinite wisdom is CENSORED FOR LIFE. If you want proof, just email me.