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Dean Kamen on Cultural Problems and Education

by on Sep.21, 2011, under Miscellaneous, News Commentary

I came across this interview with Dean Kamen today and reckoned it was worth sharing. If you’re an engineer, scientist or mathematician, get out there and become a role model to some of today’s kids!

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3 Comments for this entry

  • A.Barlow

    It’s not so much culture that’s the problem IMO. I agree we need more role models. We need more parent (and family) involvement. IMO the main issues are socioeconomic related. Now, if he is equating that to culture, maybe, but I think they are two distinct things.
    A.Barlow´s last blog post ..Great Blue Heron

    • Dave Wilson

      While I agree that there are huge socio-economic problems in the US education system, I’m not convinced that they really apply so much here. I see idolisation of sports and entertainment stars across all social classes and, as far as I can tell, being into maths and science is still regarded as pretty nerdy and uncool regardless of the school you go to. If you go to a FIRST competition, you’ll see a huge range of teams from every socio-economic background and all are equally enthusiastic, helpful and innovative. It’s obviously more difficult for poorer schools to get involved (taking part in FIRST costs teams money. Other competitions, specifically BEST, do not) but once they are in, the benefits appear to be available pretty much equally to all the kids who participate. The key, as you note, is role models and adults willing to mentor the kids.

  • Jennifer

    Agreed. Dean Kamen is so clever man and down to earth (if that’s the right word). I like him.
    Jennifer´s last blog post ..Better Jobs

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