Your correspondent Peter Cameron is surely correct in his assessment of our President's reaction to the expletive published in NCE. Aspiring civil engineers are less likely to be put off by the offending word than by learning of our dire performance on large public contracts. They may also be discouraged by NCE articles on corruption and awards for importing snow into the desert.
We underestimate young people. We may have become cynical and self-seeking, but we should at least hope that future generations will avoid this path.
Rather than give them more maths let us teach them ethics, art, music, social, political and environmental issues, why not even a philosophy module in degree courses? My son is studying architecture and I can't help envying the breadth of his course.
I agree again with Peter Cameron that the status we have we deserve; it is essential that NCE keeps publishing uncomfortable facts and strong opinions if we are to improve. I wish our new president well in bringing real sustainability to the profession.
Those of us not fortunate enough to have studied ethics may consider joining Scientists for Global Responsibility, (previously Architects & Engineers for Social Responsibility).
Andrew Wood (M), andrew wood firstname.lastname@example.org. uk