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Didactic Mind, Ep 102: We Don’t Need No Edjoocayshun

by | Jul 21, 2022 | Podcasts | 2 comments

In this latest episode of the Didactic Mind podcast, I discuss the rather curious phenomenon that we see today of the Eurasian nations being led by (largely) competent, capable, sensible people who are well-suited to their specific positions, versus the completely imbecilic and childish idiots leading the West. I posit a theory that the people in Cabinet-level positions in Western nations are not only miseducated, but MALEDUCATED – that is to say, deeply unqualified for their roles, and totally incapable of learning enough to become qualified for them. I talk about the differences between Western and Russian/Chinese/Indian education systems, and talk in particular about the very different levels of emphasis on mathematics and science in those systems.

While I believe that no one can be truly educated without having a comprehensive understanding of other humanities disciplines, I argue that the lack of a firm analytical foundation, created by studying mathematics, science, and engineering of some kind, makes the elite graduates of Western universities highly incapable of dealing with the real world.

Finally, I discuss how the current Western educational environment is DEEPLY incestuous, in the sense that it creates elites who basically just sniff each other’s farts and live in a thoroughly delusional bubble that is totally disconnected from reality.

The table that I compiled in my discussion can be seen down below, and as always, you are free to examine the data for yourself to see if my rough working theory has any foundation.

CountryNamePositionEducation
RussiaVladimir PutinPresidentLaw, Economics
RussiaSergei ShoiguDefence MinisterCivil Engineering
RussiaSergei LavrovForeign MinisterInternational Relations, Languages
RussiaDmitry MedvedevDeputy Head of Security CouncilLaw
RussiaMikhail MishustinPrime MinisterSystems Engineering
RussiaAndrey BelousovFirst Deputy Prime MinisterEconomics
RussiaViktoria AbramchenkoDeputy Prime MinisterEnvironmental Engineering
RussiaDmitry GrigorenkoDeputy Prime MinisterFinance
RussiaDmitry PatrushevMinister of AgricultureManagement
RussiaMaxim ReshetnikovMinister of Economic DevelopmentMathematics & Economics, Linguistics & Translation
RussiaSergei KravtsovMinister of EducationTeaching Mathematics & Computer Science
RussiaAnton SiluanovMinister of FinanceFinance and Credit, Economics
RussiaDenis ManturovMinister of Trade & IndustrySociology, Economics
RussiaVitaly SavelyevMinister of TransportMechanical Engineering, Economics
ChinaXi JinpingGeneral SecretaryChemical Engineering
ChinaLi KeqiangPremierLaw, Economics
ChinaHan ZhengVice PremierEngineering, Economics
ChinaLiu HeMinister of Finance, Technology, Industry, TransportIndustrial Economics, Public Administration
ChinaWei FengheMinister of DefenceArtillery Command
ChinaWang YiForeign MinisterAsian & African Languages, Japanese
IndiaNarendra ModiPrime MinisterPolitical Science
IndiaRajnath SinghMinister of DefencePhysics
IndiaSubramanyam JaishankarForeign MinisterPolitical Science, International Relations
IndiaNirmala SitharamMinister of FinanceEconomics
IndiaPiyush GoyalMinister of Commerce and IndustryLaw, Accounting
IndiaHardeep Singh PuriMinister of Petroleum and Natural GasHistory
USAJoseph BidenPresidentHistory and Political Science, Law
USAKamala HarrisVice PresidentPolitical Science and Economics, Law
USAJanet YellenTreasury SecretaryEconomics
USAMerrick GarlandAttorney GeneralLaw
USATom VilsackCommerce SecretaryLaw
USAJennifer GranholmEnergy SecretaryPolitical Science and French, Law
USAAvril HainesDirector of National IntelligenceLaw
USAAnthony BlinkenState SecretarySocial Studies, Law
USALloyd AustinDefence SecretaryCounselor Education, MBA
USAJake SullivanNational Security AdvisorInternational Relations & Political Science, Law
GermanyOlaf ScholzChancellorLaw
GermanyRobert HabeckMinister of Economic Affairs and Climate ActionPhilosophy, German, Philology
GermanyChristian LindnerMinister of FinancePolitical Science
GermanyAnnalena BaerbockForeign MinisterPolitical Science, Law
GermanyChristine LambrechtDefence MinisterLaw
GermanyKarl LauterbachMinister of HealthMedicine, Health Policy & Management
GermanySvenja ShulzeMinister for Economic Cooperation and DevelopmentGerman Studies, Political Science
FranceEmmanuel MacronPresidentFrench Literature, Piano Studies, Philosophy
FranceElisabeth BornePrime MinisterCivil Engineering, MBA
FranceBruno le MaireMinister of the Economy and FinanceFrench Literature
UKBoris JohnsonPrime MinisterClassics
UKRishi SunakChancellor of the ExchequerPolitics, Philosophy & Economics
UKBen WallaceDefence MinisterMilitary school
UKLiz TrussForeign MinisterPolitics, Philosophy & Economics
UKKwasi KwartengMinister for Business, Energy, and Clean GrowthClassics and History
UKSajid JavidHealth SecretaryEconomics and Politics
UKPenny MordauntMinister for Trade PolicyPhilosophy
UKNadhim ZahawiChancellor of the ExchequerChemical Engineering
UKDominic RaabDeputy Prime MinisterLaw

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2 Comments

  1. Robert W

    Didact, thank you for putting this together, I found it time well spent to listen.

    I do have a question about higher education in the Usa compared to other systems. I wonder if the disparity of intellectual capabilities at the top is worse then the indicates.

    In a US university, a spot solid quarter of an undergraduate program is humanities studies, eg something around communications, arts, music, light weight history, philosophy introduction, ect.
    If your degree is a soft skills / non technical program, you can increase that to three quarters of the program.

    At the graduate level it’s more focused.

    Do the Russian/Chinese/Indian university systems these leaders come from also have this level of humanities in their technical degrees?

    Reply
    • Didact

      As you mentioned in an email, I answered your question later in the podcast, but to make it a bit more concrete:

      No, the Russian/Chinese/Indian education systems are much, MUCH more focused. If you do a 5-year degree in mathematics at a Russian university, for instance, you get a Master’s degree in maths out of it at the end, and you spend basically all 5 years doing very, very serious maths. One of my best friends did just that, and she is technically MORE highly qualified in mathematics than I am, since she had to write a dissertation in the subject – I never had to do that, even though I have a Master’s in financial mathematics.

      The same is true for students at Indian universities – their programs can run for up to 5 years of education, and you come out of it with a specialised degree. Now, as I understand it, the first two years of that degree program involves a core curriculum that everyone at an IIT takes at the same time – and it ALL involves the same stuff, regardless of whether you want to do Physics, Mathematics, or Engineering, you still study the same foundational materials, and all of it is hard science and maths.

      Only if you study a pure humanities program, does the curriculum involve purely humanities subjects. My understanding is that, at the elite level, the Indian system of education is still heavily influenced by the old Soviet system – the Soviets literally provided the textbooks for many of the original IITs and funded the construction of at least one of them. So you get much more focus from day one on your chosen field of specialisation.

      In their technical degrees, though, the Russians and Indians do not mess around. There is none of this nonsense that you have in the USA, where you can major in Maths or Physics and minor in something stupid like English or Psychology or Spanish.

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