Education

The Importance of STEM Education

August 07, 2019

The US needs to compete, and the government thinks STEM education holds the keys to success for our kids and our future. The term gets bandied about, but what is STEM? The acronym stands for Science, Technology, Engineering and Math, but it goes way beyond just teaching the subjects in isolation. And STEM holds the keys to success for kids facing a world where STEM knowledge will be imperative.

Five Nonprofits Driving A Revolution In STEM Education

August 07, 2019

Today, the internet provides unlimited access to high-quality, free and educational resources for almost any age or skill group. And yet, these critical career paths lack awareness and excitement. Many nonprofit organizations are making it their mission to change that, upsetting outdated models in education and, subsequently, recruiting.

Being a woman in science isn't easy: Nobel Laureate Ada Yonath

August 06, 2019

Israeli crystallographer Ada Yonath - whose pioneering work on the structure of the ribosome won her the Nobel Prize in 2009 - has one advice for women struggling to make a mark in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM): Forget what society thinks and go after what you want.

Big Tech vs. Our Kids

August 06, 2019

When it comes to kids and screen time, the tide seems to finally be turning. What was a few short years ago a distinctly minority viewpoint - that time on phones, tablets, laptops, and video game consoles is bad for children and should be severely restricted - is now gaining ground. Many middle- and upper-class Americans, especially those who have been the creators and purveyors of this technology, now believe, with a reasonable amount of evidence to support them, that screens are a detriment to children’s social skills, ability to concentrate in school, physical health, and emotional well-being.

Skills and opportunity pathways: Building an inclusive workforce for the future

August 06, 2019

Artificial intelligence and emerging technologies have enabled automation to scale and pose legitimate workforce threats. However, these innovations are creating new jobs and recreating old ones that together shape the building blocks of a future workforce. This dynamic opportunity engine is driven in large part by a fast expanding innovation ecosystem that combines a bevy of thriving, scaling, and nascent startups and their emerging workforce needs.

Time Is the Greatest Challenge to Teaching STEM. Families Can Help.

August 05, 2019

Many teachers struggle giving science instruction its due. In fact, the 2018 National Study of Science and Mathematics Education reported that many elementary school teachers do not even provide science instruction every week. According to the National Science Teachers Association Position Statement, “Elementary science instruction often takes a back seat to math and reading and receives little time in the school day.”

Education Policy notice on Opportunity Zones

August 05, 2019

By using the Opportunity Zones designation, Secretary DeVos is focusing investment in projects that serve children in some of the neediest areas of the country. Establishing competitive priorities is a practice every Administration has used to encourage certain activities, assist specific groups, or focus government support in targeted areas.

Learn to Code in Kindergarten?

August 02, 2019

Knowing how the programs on their computers are constructed seems like a worthwhile thing even if a student never writes a single line of code outside of school. To understand the architecture is a form of power, and while I cannot claim my individual experiences with students as dispositive to the whole, many of them use their computers and phones uncritically, and prove to be not great problem solvers when it comes to operating in the digital realm.

5 takeaways on the future of online education and global development

August 01, 2019

As expanding internet access and other information technology advances improve the uptake of online education globally, e-learning is poised to make huge contributions to global development, boosting education systems in low- and middle-income countries, improving student diversity, and helping practitioners strengthen their skills and advance their careers.

Exclusion in STEM classrooms lead to lower graduation rates for minority students, UT study says

August 01, 2019

Black and Latinx students pursuing careers in STEM face obstacles their white peers do not, making them more likely to leave those majors without receiving a degree, UT researchers say. “Individuals that are employed in STEM occupations tend to have relatively high levels of income and social status,” said Catherine Riegle-Crumb, lead author of the study. “There’s reason to believe that racial ethnic minorities, particularly black and Latino students in this country, face obstacles in these fields that are not faced by their white peers.”

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