What the US can learn from Switzerland's successful approach to vocational education
The US consistently underperforms on international academic benchmarks compared to other developed countries—a reality that education secretary Betsy DeVos seems intent on changing. DeVos is on a 10-day, multi-stop visit to Europe to learn about apprenticeship programs, vocational schools, and the European K-12 education system.
The Perfect Storm for the Manufacturing Workforce
According to research from the Society for Human Resource Management, citing Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) data, the percentage of boomers retiring has doubled over the past eight years and will continue to increase until the last of the boomers reach 65 around 2030. This is particularly challenging for manufacturers. Not only are more than a quarter of manufacturing workers over the age of 55, but the BLS also notes that manufacturers have the highest tenure compared to other sectors.
Why does artificial intelligence scare us so much?
When people see machines that respond like humans, or computers that perform feats of strategy and cognition mimicking human ingenuity, they sometimes joke about a future in which humanity will need to accept robot overlords. But buried in the joke is a seed of unease.
Study: Boys' Interest in STEM Careers Declining
The Junior Achievement USA and Ernst & Young survey of 13-to-17-year-old students highlights how teens' career choices, educational priorities and economic outlook shifted over a year and how they vary by gender. According to the survey, while boys' interest in STEM dropped by 12 percentage points, girls' interest remained unchanged at 11 percent both years.
Mississippi Becomes Latest State to Reduce Cut Score for Math Certification
The state of Mississippi is hoping to fill openings for math teachers by lowering the cut score for its certification exam. The Mississippi Board of Education recently approved a decision to reduce the passing score for the Praxis II Subject Assessment, "Mathematics: Content Knowledge" from 160 to 152 for teachers teaching in grades 7-12.
10 Questions All EdTech Entrepreneurs Should Know How To Answer Without Hesitation
Today, teachers have an endless choice of potential edtech products to choose from to meet their classroom needs. And, with ISTE coming up this month in Chicago, edtech startups should be prepared to answer many questions from educators and school administrators. Here are some tips and ideas along with critical questions edtech startups should be able to answer regarding their products and services.
How one organization is changing the STEM education landscape
Six years ago, I founded 100Kin10, a national network focused on training and retaining excellent K-12 science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) teachers. Originally inspired by Barack Obama’s 2011 State of the Union Address, we knew that we were preparing to take on a huge and daunting problem; for years, our education system has faced an acute teacher shortage. There simply aren’t enough qualified educators to meet the needs of our students, especially in STEM.
Profs say female STEM grades don't reflect 'perceived effort'
Four Otterbein University professors suggest that women may be averse to STEM fields because they feel they work harder than male students without earning higher grades. After conducting a study of 828 students in STEM classes, the professors discovered that while women felt they put more effort into their classes than men, they received approximately equivalent grades, which “indicates that women's higher perceived effort levels are not rewarded."
Is STEM getting 'IT' right for female students?
Organizations all over the world, such as EngineerGirl in the U.S., are working hard to encourage more women to seek careers in STEM fields, and it is clear that these bodies and their events are having an impact. However, my feeling is that we can and must do more in our schools to increase the number of women represented in STEM careers, not just because of the drive for equality but because we are potentially missing out on a massive pool of talent.
Students Honored in Washington, D.C. as Winners in World's Largest K-12 Science Competition
On Thurs., June 7, the eight winning teams will exhibit their winning projects at a STEM Education Science Fair and Senate Panel discussion in Capitol Hill. There, they will meet with members of Congress and their staff. On Fri., June 8, the student teams will formally present their projects during the ExploraVision Science Showcase and Awards Luncheon at the National Press Club