On one hand, you have so many politically indoctrinated students who are totally academically unprepared for the rigors of engineering school. On the other hand those that ARE see their parents laid off see engineering as a dead end field for the reasons you describe. That creates the self fulfilling prophesy that we need more H1B's because "Americans lack the special skills".
In President Barack Obama's 2012 State of the Union address, he said that "higher education can't be a luxury. It is an economic imperative that every family in America should be able to afford." Such talk makes for political points, but there's no evidence that a college education is an economic imperative. A good part of our higher education problem, explaining its spiraling cost, is that a large percentage of students currently attending college are ill-equipped and incapable of doing real college work. They shouldn't be there wasting their own resources and those of their families and taxpayers. Let's look at...
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