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What is going on in the engineering schools?

We have someone (who was actually hired!) who doesn't understand how to calculate bending stress. All they know is A+B=C < D OK! on computer spreadsheets. Once they hit an obstacle or something they don't understand; they don't try to figure it out, they just ask me to solve their problem for them.

Knowledge is becoming so specalized these days that "circles of competence" are ever shrinking. This one we have is a theoretical genuis but an idiot for all practical purposes.
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