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Friday, August 29, 2014

Better Living Through Science: Women in STEM

GOOD – Erin Joyce

“…when women make up 48% of the U.S. work force and only represent 26% of STEM fields there are still radical shifts to be made…children need to be encouraged and engaged with STEM topics at an age when they will still be receptive…The 5th-8th grades are a prime time to influence them.” (more)

Thursday, August 28, 2014

Dr. Aaron Bruce Urges Students of Color to Prepare to become International Leaders

The Huffington Post – Monica Medina

“Dr. Aaron Bruce is much like a warrior, using his skills and know-how for promoting inclusion, social justice and multicultural understanding…”One of my passions is helping to develop the next wave of future leaders who, in order to be successful, need a global perspective.”” (more)

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Benefits of Learning by Doing and Doing While Learning: Manos a la Obra

Education Week – Kaitlin Thomas

“Perhaps of all the challenges unique to the teaching of foreign language and culture, most enigmatic is trying to identify ways to make grammar and vocabulary relevant to the daily life and real-world experiences of teenagers and adults…the answer instead lay in bringing the classroom out into the world…” (more)

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Got skills?

The Economist – Staff Writer

“FOR decades vocational education has suffered from the twin curses of low status and limited innovation. Politicians have equated higher education with traditional universities of the sort that they themselves attended. Parents have steered children away from “shop class”. And vocational studies have been left to languish: the detritus of an industrial era rather than the handmaiden of a new economy.” (more)

Will learning coding boost kids’ college, career prospects?

E-School News – Staff Writer

“As the coding craze continues, many wonder how, exactly, these skills will help today’s students.” (more)

Monday, August 25, 2014

Students: We need coding skills

E-School News – Laura Devaney

“A new report reveals that 59 percent of students who do not know how to code would like to learn, while just 23 percent of students actually know how to code.” (more)

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

COLUMN-Maths and science are increasingly critical to career success: Kemp

Reuters – John Kemp

“More than 30 of the 50 best-paid occupations in the United States require graduate or postgraduate training in STEM subjects, including medical sciences, according to pay data collected by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics as part of its annual survey of Occupational Employment and Wages.” (more)

Economic Worries Loom as UK Foreign Language Skills Lag

Education News – Grace Smith

“Studying French, German, or any foreign language has dropped to a record low in the UK, writes Graeme Paton of The Daily Telegraph. Paton says the number of A-levels in traditionally popular foreign languages has halved in the past 10 years, among other troubling statistics:.” (more)

Monday, August 18, 2014

Start early with STEM education

The Olympian – Michael Cade

“As an economic development professional, I know that today’s students are tomorrow’s workforce and they need to be prepared for the global economy we now live in. Our children need to master an education that readies them to compete with their peers from around the world.” (more)

STEM-Focused Educational and Occupational Opportunities are Important for Latino Youth: Here’s Why

The Latino Post – Nicole Akoukou Thompson

“STEM-focused educational and occupational opportunities are vital for Latinos, who traditionally lag behind whites and Asians when it comes to science, technology, engineering and mathematical excellence.” (more)