The 2017 Australia Day address (full video in AU only; transcript globally) denounces the feminist dumbing down of physics education
Ms Michelle Simmons is a physics professor in New South Wales, Australia focusing on quantum computation – which isn't a soft science, I assure you – and surrounding fields and boasting physics/chemistry degrees, 360 publications including 27 in PRL, and \(h=40\), among other things.
She's spent some time in a leading Cambridge, UK lab and is doing well in the land of the kangaroos, too. Her lab has a nontrivial chance to become the first group that actually constructs the quantum computer, whether it's based on quantum dots or a few more approaches she's involved with. You may find lots of her talks at YouTube.
The Australian, a top daily, dared to publish the views of this British-born lady on the deterioration of the physics education in Australia five hours ago:
‘Feminised’ physics a formula for failure, says Michelle SimmonsThe text starts with a rather incredible comparison of some exam questions in 1998 on one side and 2001-2006 on the other side:
Also: Australia Day Address orator Michelle Simmons horrified at 'feminised' physics curriculum (SMH)
Also: 'What a disaster': Leading scientist says high school physics is being 'feminised' - with difficult equations taken out of exams to make the subject more appealing to girls (Daily Mail)
In 1998, the students were given a diagram with wires and dimensions and were expected to compute magnetic fluxes and determine directions etc. In the newer type of exams, they were supposed to write essays about the "impact of electronics on the society" and speculate whether electronics will keep on getting cheaper and more powerful.
One must worry how much cherry-picking was made – or how representatives the questions have been.