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Saturday, April 19, 2014

The Best Job in America Isn’t One Most High Schoolers Dream About

Policy Mic – Tom McKay

“Sorry, teens. It looks like the best job in America is one you probably won’t like very much: being a mathematician. But you might want to reconsider. Jobs site CareerCast crunched some numbers and found that with a median U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics-estimated salary of $101,360 and expected 23% growth in the field by 2022, ‘careers in mathematics are diverse and rewarding’.”(more)

Friday, April 18, 2014

California High School Students Ill-Prepared For State’s Colleges

Education News – Grace Smith

“Only 4 in 10 California high school students have the qualifications they need to be accepted at an in-state school…Public Policy Institute of California Senior Fellow Hans Johnson is afraid that there will be 1 million fewer college graduates than will be necessary in the work force in 2025.”(more)

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Why We Need Coding Clubs for Girls

Good – Reshma Saujani

“…the Girl Scout Research Institute asked high school girls what they wanted to do with their lives, and above 75 percent said they wanted to “change the world.” But these girls have a hard time seeing the connection between technology and creating and making things. Little boys at ages two, three, and four, are encouraged to take their trucks apart, build things, create things, and develop things. We need to instill that maker mentality in girls at a very young age. And we don’t.”(more)

GoldieBlox latest video shows ‘your brain on princesses’ (+video)

The Christian Science Monitor – Lane Brown

“GoldieBlox is aiming once again to beat a path out of the princess toy aisle and get more girls building, innovating, and thinking about futures in science and math.”(more)

Thursday, April 3, 2014

Focusing on foreign interests

The Telegraph – Virginia Matthews

“…for many independent schools, French, Spanish and, increasingly, Russian and Mandarin are viewed as a key plank of the curriculum and a passport to top careers…According to deputy head Alan Bird, the school’s decision to replace compulsory French with Mandarin reflects the changing demands of the global economy. “Our pupils will be entering the world of work in the 2020s and 2030s, when China will be a massive influence…we believe that demand for Mandarin can only continue to grow,” he says.”(more)

Wednesday, April 2, 2014

Closing The Gender Gap In STEM Education

Forbes – Debra Donston-Miller

“…encouraging more women to enter STEM-related careers is important to the future of the U.S. economy—a future that hinges partly on producing a strong crop of STEM graduates.”(more)

Sunday, March 30, 2014

Guest: High-school internships offer strong path to STEM careers

The Seattle Times – Julie Burr

“If you come from a different background, the fields of science, technology, engineering and math — collectively known as STEM — might seem uninviting. Upon graduation from high school, you won’t suddenly develop an interest in a STEM. If you do, you likely won’t be admitted or succeed as a STEM major in college if you have a lack of high school preparation. With the huge shortage of skilled workers in STEM fields, this seems a travesty.”(more)

How Businesses Use Your SATs

The New York Times – Shaila Dawn

“THE news about the SAT has been confusing lately. On one hand, so many colleges and universities have opted not to require it that the College Board, which administers the SAT, has announced a top-to-bottom revamp because the test is out of step with today’s academic expectations. On the other hand, many employers are still asking job applicants for their test scores, even if they are years out of date.”(more)

Friday, March 28, 2014

Teaching 21st Century Skills to Ready Students for the World of Work

Education for World Development – MOHAMMED A. KHAN

“What are the jobs of the future?…while we may not know exactly which jobs will come on stream, we have a good idea of which skills will serve people best in the future –analytical thinking, problem-identification and solving, time management, adaptability, and the capacity for collaboration and effective communication. And we know these skills can be taught.”(more)

Thursday, March 27, 2014

Which College—and Which Major—Will Make You Richest?

The Atlantic – Derek Thompson

“A new study finds that nine of the 10 most lucrative degrees in America are in computer science programs at elite colleges…[but] the best colleges tend to get the best students. So what you’re seeing here isn’t just the quality of the school’s education but also the quality of the students it attracts.”(more)