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Trade vs. Productivity: What Caused U.S. Manufacturing's Decline and How to Revive It

February 14, 2017

The prevailing narrative says automation was the main culprit behind U.S. manufacturing job losses in the early 2000s, and that automation is now powering an unprecedented manufacturing technology revolution that will continue to displace jobs. But the truth is trade pressure and faltering U.S.

Trump eyes end to an H-1B system that favors largest outsourcers

February 13, 2017

The H-1B lottery favors large firms. In the 2015 fiscal year, for instance, the top 10 firms received 38% of all the H-1B visas in computer occupations alone. All these firms, except for Amazon and to a partial extent IBM, are outsourcers. These large companies have the resources to submit enough visa applications to help ensure they receive a bare minimum of approvals.

Experts Seek to Boost Knowledge and Allies for Teaching STEM

February 13, 2017

Educational best practices that apply to all the fields of science recognize common observations, such as knowing that students tend to learn more from hands-on activities than a lecture. Yet, much more research is needed to frame more effective approaches to teaching science, technology, engineering or mathematics (STEM) topics with their complex and sometimes interlocking concepts.

Setting, Tension, Explanation, Metaphor: A Storytelling Approach for Early STEM Learning

February 12, 2017

Watch a group of young children in a community garden. They’ll dig in the soil, find and play with earthworms and insects, plant seeds in patches of sunlight, and come back to watch them sprout, grow, and bear fruit. With a little help, these kids can be doing more than simply playing in the dirt.

U.S. Chamber Releases Index on World IP Policies

February 12, 2017

“This year’s Index shows that a clear pack of leaders has emerged: the United States, United Kingdom, Japan, and the European Union. But all that invest in the systemic recognition and protection of IP stand to reap the benefits: foreign investments, healthier home-grown industries that export innovative products, and a reputation as a place where the world can do business.

Phoenix schools encourage students to prepare for STEM careers

February 09, 2017

The Cartwright School District is working to bridge the gap between its students and STEM education to encourage more Latinos and young women to pursue careers in Science, Technology, Mathematics and Engineering, or STEM. The district has partnered with the Arizona STEM Network, a non-profit organization that works to graduate more students who are prepared for jobs in STEM fields.

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