The problem is that I doubt this is an isolated incident:
If you are thinking of building a bridge, be careful if your engineer went to Purdue University. Donna Riley, the head of the engineering department at Purdue, has put the world on notice that “rigor” is a dirty word. In an article for Engineering Education called “Rigor/Us: Building Boundaries and Disciplining Diversity with Standards of Merit,” Professor Riley, who is also the author of Engineering and Social Justice, argues that academic “rigor” is merely a blind for “white male heterosexual privilege.” Yes, really. . . . Professor Riley’s gibberish is meant in earnest. Her essay appears not in a science fiction journal or a publication intended for the denizens of a sanatorium but a journal concerned with science. This woman is the head of a department of engineering in an institution of higher education. The moral is, we suppose, that things are always worse than they seem.
HIGHER EDUCATION BUBBLE UPDATE: Profs blame ‘masculine’ ideals for lack of women in STEM. “According to the professors, these masculine norms include ‘asking good questions,’ ‘capacity for abstract thought and rational thought processes,’ ‘motivation,’ ‘independent’ thinking, and a relatively low fear of failure.”
So, engineers shouldn’t care about problems, not wonder about being able to decompose a problem and then rebuild it thoughtfully with a solution (or series of solutions), not care about what “out of the box” thinking actually requires and when is it needed (and better, when it isn’t), and can only functions well in a group (aka “never a go-to person but relegated to the Collective)? And how does one advance the state of the art by never wanting to fail?
Sorry, all of those descriptions are of good and GREAT engineers – if you want to be a mediocre or dismal one, PLEASE choose another line of work. THE problem is that people can and will die from engineering where Progressive Social Engineering is put into the driver’s seat (unless they are SO SJW that they can’t figure out to turn on the engine).
In that case, I do wonder if part of a legal remedy. if there is a fatal disaster, will be to sue the College or University if such dribble is raised above, you know, actual engineering instruction in an atmosphere of high quality rigor. I will leave you with this:
“Engineering Education seems to be a place to exile faculty who aren’t up to teaching actual engineering”