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The war on math and science spreads to engineering

A photograph of the Greek letter pi, created as a large stone mosaic embedded in the ground.
pi in mosaic, Berlin/Holger Motzkau

It’s a good thing that we don’t need bridges and buildings to be stable:

Professional engineers are expressing befuddlement over unsubstantiated scholarly accusations that the field’s licensure exam is biased against women.

Women are 11.6% less likely to pass.

The agency that administers the exam—the National Council of Examiners for Engineering and Surveying (NCEES)—also pushed back against the suggestion that the exam may be biased against women.

NCEES Director of Exams Tim Miller told Campus Reform that it seems highly unlikely that the exam itself is biased against women, insofar as NCEES has been reviewing the test specifically for gender bias for nearly two decades.

“Since the early 2000s, the exam items have been reviewed annually to make them gender-neutral and this is also something we address as part of our item-writing training for our subject matter experts,” Miller explained. Toni Airaksinen, “Engineers refute allegations of gender bias in licensing exam” at Campus Reform

That’s not enough, of course. The social justice warrior needs engineers to be assessed largely on the basis of qualities other than knowledge of the discipline, maybe on adherence to concepts like social justice math. And they’re not going to give up because they count on strategies like wearing down the opposition. It’s a clever approach because their persistence creates the impression of wide support.

Poorer people, who depend more on public facilities, will be especially blessed by the new social justice warrior approach to who qualifies as an engineer.

See also: Progressive war on science takes dead aim at math. Four credits in math and/or algebra for learning how to spout feminist propaganda even if you couldn’t figure out how many square tiles are needed for a new shop floor.

At the heart of the “sciencey” urban elite world, a reversion to witchcraft. New York Times: “Mostly, she just doesn’t want to see the tradition die… ” You can do better than that, girl. With enough inclusivity, it will soon be part of the science program at your local schools.


Which side will atheists choose in the war on science? They need to re-evaluate their alliance with progressivism, which is doing science no favours.

A beam, column, or whatever, doesn't know or care whether the engineer was male or female, or what sort of maths was used in the calculations. It will stand or fail according to it's own nature. aarceng
I suspect the test itself is not to blame, given the care with which it is written. One frustrating issue is that female students are still told by some engineering professors that they are inferior to male students; this does not contribute to the female students' chances of success, I would think. daveS

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