technical gender

The debate over women in technical fields (in school) summarized:

bq. Reinventing the curriculum will not make me more interested in learning how my dishwasher works.

Well, I laughed…

via Philip Greenspun

posted at 11:34 pm on Friday, February 18, 2005 in Links | Comments (1)

1 Comment

  1. Jeff K says:

    I’m not sure if it’s the same sort of excitement, but my 2 little girls (9 & 3) were literally jumping with excitement when they saw how “Pinnacle Studio 9” made videos and also yesterday I got her an MP3 player and the first thing she said when it was out of the box was “How do we get songs onto it” and I showed her how the ripper & explorer & USB cable worked. Certainly it’s higher level, but I almost read your post as wondering why someone didn’t learn which buttons to press to operate a dishwasher, which both girls learned at age 2.

    I humbly submit that you have to UNlearn a bunch of stuff to design dishwashers and enjoy it. I expect my daughter to get a job where she says, “Okay *BOY* fire up AutoCad, source some motors, tubes, resin and sheet aluminum & rods and render me a dishwasher for the marketing department tout-suite!”

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