2013 June 01 Saturday
Volcker: Public Administration Degrees Lack Rigor
Former Federal Reserve chairman Paul Volcker knows that math is important. Statistical illiterates are being trained to run governments.
This is a profession that needs shaking by the neck. One of the things some of the schools may not like what Iím about to say is that thereís no real consensus on what a degree in public administration means. What is the content of the curriculum you have been taught? Is it rigorous enough? I think the answer often is that it is not rigorous enough. They do not have statistics analysis, how statistics should be used and abused. What insights can other management techniques of quality control or other matters relevant to CEOs have for public administration? Should there be more on-the-job training, more internships? These are issues that should be explored.
Math is hard and does not come naturally to the vast majority of humans. Even though we are ruled by a highly educated academic and journalistic elite (The Cathedral) these people are mathematical illiterates who do not hold pursuit of the truth as their highest value. So high verbal IQ fools pelt us with never-ending streams of propaganda and attack enemies of the Hivemind. Your best bet is to turn off the TV news and study the Dark Enlightenment and the Voldemort View (the view that must not be named). It helps to be a neoreactionary thinker to understand the world correctly.
By Randall Parker at 2013 June 01 11:24 AM
I have an MA in public policy from a well-regarded school. When I went there (and here we're talking 1972-74#, all first-year students had to take a two-quarter sequence in "quantitative methods for policy analysis", which involved heavy exposure to statistics and econometrics. Most of my classmates, whose undergrad degrees ranged from political science to history to other liberal arts nonentities, struggled with great difficulty to keep up, because the material was quite difficult. I had a hard time with it myself, and #punch line# I was an undergrad math major #the only one in the class)! The only ones who seemed to have an affinity for it were the economics majors.
As it turned out, my combination of degrees served me well in my career of energy demand forecasting, which involves a great deal of data accumulation and analysis, as well as keeping up with public policy initiatives, regulation, and legislation affecting energy use levels.
When we have a bunch of mathematical illiterates running the country is it any wonder that they have trouble understanding that when "spending" is a larger number than "income" the net is a negative number?
Well, at least the guy at the top self-identifies as a math illiterate!
The only sensible path for the U.S. at this point is to start turning towards a true Social Democracy.