In 2018, screen time and bad parenting are practically becoming synonyms. But banning children from using technology simply because a handful of Silicon Valley elite are doing so is a dangerous trend to follow.
In the past decade or so, China has been expanding its commitment to scientific research, and it shows. Chinese researchers now produce more scientific publications than U.S.
Higher education R&D expenditures (HERD) grew by 38.9 percent from 2008 to 2017, an increase of more than $21 billion, according to an SSTI analysis of recently released data from the National Science Foundation’s National Center for Science and Engineering Statistics. From 2016 to 2017, HERD grew by $3.8 billion, the largest year-over-year increase since 2010-2011.
The National Science Teachers Association (NSTA), the world’s largest association of science educators, has issued a position statement underscoring the importance of a high-quality science education for our nation’s 30 million elementary students. The statement--focusing on students in kindergarten through 5th and 6th grade--establishes four key principles to guide effective science learning, including the need for schools to give science learning equal priority as other core subjects and strive for at least 60 minutes of science instruction a day that includes science investigations.
In a strategy described by the PLA as “picking flowers in foreign lands to make honey in China,” the Chinese military deliberately obscures the connections of those it sends to study overseas, which are different from transparent military-to-military exchanges that also take place between China and other countries.
If most politicians -- on both left and right, “liberal” and “conservative,” Democrat and Republican -- could have their way, “education” would mean little more than training docile cogs to enter the “workforce.” Recall Marco Rubio’s quip three years ago that “[w]e need more welders and less [he meant ‘fewer’] philosophers.” (He recanted earlier this year, realizing that, after all, both are important.)
When Congress passed the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act, also known as FERPA, in 1974, school and district leaders could rely on once-a-year training and reviews to make sure they remained in compliance. But in 2018, when educators can add new apps with a few mouse clicks, managing student data privacy has become a never-ending task.
The growth of artificial intelligence (AI) and emerging technologies (ET) is poised to reshape the workforce. While the exact impact of AI and ET is unclear, experts expect that many jobs currently performed by humans will be performed by robots in the near future, and at the same time, new jobs will be created as technology advances.
Google is on a mission to teach children how to be safe online. That is the message behind “Be Internet Awesome,” a so-called digital-citizenship education program that the technology giant developed for schools. The lessons include a cartoon game branded with Google’s logo and blue, red, yellow and green color palette. The game is meant to help students from third grade through sixth guard against schemers, hackers and other bad actors.
Finding ways to better prepare our youth for the new workplace has recently taken on greater urgency among educators and policymakers. Across the country high schools are providing different programs -- such as career pathways and certifications - to acquaint teenagers with workplace demands. Yet we seem to be short on a potentially effective strategy - apprenticeships -- and how students may benefit from such programs.