Re: Do TWs need to be formally educated in engineering and science? was, RE: old school

Subject: Re: Do TWs need to be formally educated in engineering and science? was, RE: old school
From: jlshaeffer -at- aol -dot- com
To: Leonard -dot- Porrello -at- SoleraTec -dot- com, al -dot- geist -at- geistassociates -dot- com, techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com
Date: Sat, 24 May 2008 23:27:26 -0400


I think this has more to do with what C. P. Snow called "The Two Cultures" than with specific technical knowledge (much of which has a half-life). Being educated in science, engineering or technology helps you become acculturated to science, engineering and technology, and it's a different culture than one acquires when being educated in the humanities.

Jim Shaeffer
(with degrees in both English Literature and Computer Science)







-----Original Message-----
From: Leonard C. Porrello <Leonard -dot- Porrello -at- SoleraTec -dot- com>
Wrote (in part):









So I wonder, how can someone say, on one hand, that what one learns in
college as a student of engineering or science is irrelevant within a
relatively short time after graduation, and on the other hand, that an
education in engineering or the sciences is essential--for a technical
writer?
In contrast to the claims made by engineers, I daily use much of what I
learned as an undergraduate in philosophy and graduate student in
English.






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References:
Re: RE: old school: From: quills
Re: RE: old school: From: John Hedtke
RE: RE: old school: From: Al Geist
RE: RE: old school: From: John Hedtke
Re: old school: From: Beth Agnew
Re: old school: From: Chris Morton
RE: old school: From: AL Geist
Do TWs need to be formally educated in engineering and science? was, RE: old school: From: Leonard C. Porrello

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