"To-day we have naming of parts. Yesterday,
We had daily cleaning. And to-morrow morning,
We shall have what to do after firing. But to-day,
To-day we have naming of parts. Japonica
Glistens like coral in all of the neighboring gardens,
And to-day we have naming of parts ..."
"Naming of Parts" by Henry Reed. Published in New Statesman and Nation 24, no. 598 (8 August 1942): 92.
Any bees down your way?
A recent news article set forth that America is seriously suffering from a growing shortage of engineers, scientists and mathematicians. It went on to describe how the youth of the nation in the 1930?s were inspired by the Lindberg trans-Atlantic flight, and in the 1960?s the space program ignited their interest and imagination, and how many went on to become engineers and scientists.
Today, these persons are retiring and the younger generations are not choosing these professions. Just as America?s manufacturing capability has all but dried up, our engineering, mathematical and scientific capabilities are evaporating, and we watch as this work leaves our country to be performed by professionals in distant lands.
As an example, if we look at China, we find that most of the members of China?s Politburo have an engineering education. What do we find in the government in the USofA ? Professional politicians with legal backgrounds.
Which group provides the strongest motivational environment that will lead to development of future generations of engineers, scientists and mathematicians, and provide the leadership potential to maintain a strong Nation. We have those from the ?hard science? fields to thank for America?s position in the world, not those that dot the eyes; cross the tees and define ?is?.
Look at some of the current ?product? from State Governments:
State wide Smoking Ban, but contains language that ?allows? individuals to smoke in their homes, IF, they are not caring for someone else?s children.
Legal consequences for the woman and the doctor if an abortion is performed without the woman having first undergone a supervised sonogram viewing of the fetus involved.
Mandate requiring employers provide flexible break times, and provide a private and clean space, other than a bathroom, for breastfeeding employees to use to pump breast milk, while they are away from their children.
Are these the kinds of leadership examples that will create an environment within which our younger generations gain the imagination and drive to become scientific, industry and government leaders ?
Are our testing regimens in school the way to go ? Designed so that we don?t embarrass or discourage a student with a failing grade.
Look at our federal government. They are so busy eternally campaigning, and castigating the other side, they don?t have time to analyze the needs of the Nation, and legislate. The only legislation that does take place, takes place behind closed doors while they divide up the tax dollars for their favorite personal projects. What kind of an example or motivation does this provide ?
With the ever increasing intrusion of government into private lives, and government hand-outs, setting goals for the future, and realizations of personal responsibility are fast disappearing.
Have you picked out your island in the South Pacific where you will live on fish, bananas and coconuts ?