October 31, 2006
On LicensureSeptember 2006
I have a simple solution to NCEES' calculator problem: write a test that doesn't require the use of calculators. Or is that too simple?
Picking a certain brand and type of calculator will be very time-consuming for NCEES as the computer manufacturers are constantly revising their offerings. Just like college textbooks, [they have to] keep revising [the calculators] to keep the money coming in.
[Supplying calculators to test takers at exam sites] will also add an additional testing fee, as I am sure NCEES will pass on the cost, probably with considerable markup. Also, those who are not intimately familar with that brand/model of calculator will be at a distinct disadvantage. As an example, try using your left hand to win a nailing contest sometime. Since I was weaned on HP RPL, I have been known to send TIs through the air. (There's no reason to have to hit the equals sign all the time.)
Walter T. Foster, PLS
Traversing the LawAugust 2006
When I receive the latest issue of POB, I always turn to Jeff Lucas' column first, and enjoy each commentary. I applaud him for saying what needs to be said about the two camps of land surveyors: the problem finders and the problem solvers. Kudos to Jeff!
I have felt for many years that the land surveyor who simply goes about uncovering a problem and reports it with no initiative to propose a solution or provide options for resolution--and, worse yet, passes it along for others to deal with--is doing a disservice to the profession and, more importantly, to the public.
Terry W. McHenry, PLS