It is not just the practical application of our educations that has an impact on our day-to-day lives. The most commonly quoted statistic about the value of higher education is the increased earnings potential of $1 million with a bachelor’s degree over a high school diploma. That is because of the inextricable connection between education after high school and career opportunities.
Chinese hackers singled out over two dozen universities in the US and around the world in an apparent bid to gain access to maritime military research, according to a report by cybersecurity firm iDefense, which was obtained by The Wall Street Journal. The hackers sent universities spear phishing emails doctored to appear as if they came from partner universities, but they unleashed a malicious payload when opened. Universities are traditionally seen as easier targets than US military contractors, and they can still contain useful military research.
The U.S. is still out in front of global rivals when it comes to innovation, but American universities -- where new ideas often percolate -- have reason to look over their shoulder. That’s especially true for technologies like 5G phone networks and artificial intelligence. They’re exactly the fields where President Donald Trump recently insisted the U.S. has to lead -- and also the ones where Asia, especially China, has caught up.
"STEM is “an educational paradigm that integrates both process- and content- oriented curriculum, and is based on standards,” explains author Harry T. Roman. And in IEEE-USA’s new, free March audio book for members, Why STEM Is Important, Roman demystifies the concept--for engineers--and for anyone else who is interested. In clear, direct language, listeners learn what STEM is, what it is not, and why this educational model promises to launch a new era of U.S. economic productivity.
Amazon’s recent investments in NYC educational initiatives will continue, despite the company pulling its HQ2 plans for the area. But the company isn’t stopping there. Today, Amazon announced it will bring computer science courses to more than 1,000 high schools in all 50 states and the District of Columbia.
The technology and core standards of organizations such as ISTE, CSTA, and Common Core State Initiative stipulate that students need foundational digital literacy skills to demonstrate writing, reading, and mathematical achievement. It is imperative that students are prepared to enter high school ready for the rigors of writing advanced essays, conducting internet research, engaging in data collection, presenting ideas and drawing conclusions.
The chief executives of Apple Inc., Lockheed Martin Corp. and Walmart Inc., are among 25 prominent Americans who will shape Trump administration efforts to develop job training programs to meet the changing demands of U.S. employers. The creation of the American Workforce Policy Advisory Board, announced by Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross and President Donald Trump’s daughter and adviser Ivanka Trump on Wednesday, will work with the National Council for the American Worker established last July by an executive order.
Single-sex schools are growing in popularity. Many of them bring a focus on STEM topics, an appealing perk for parents who want their daughters to get a leg up in those fast-growing fields or who see these programs as a way to ensure that their daughters are honing the critical thinking and foundational life skills (like grit, curiosity, and perseverance) that will set them up for lifelong success, regardless of the career they choose.
The best and brightest from the United States and around the world routinely study in U.S. universities to gain a wide range of skills and pursue diverse interests. But as the authors write, faculties tend to focus on one goal: furthering academic research. For many students, that is not their primary interest.
A 2015 McKinsey Report found that using technologies that existed at the time, over 45 percent of U.S. jobs were at risk of being automated, equating to $2 trillion in wages that would be lost. This raises the question of what skills humans need to acquire that cannot be replicated by machines within the current or foreseeable future advancements in technology. Is our education system equipping us with skills robots can’t replicate?