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Thursday, April 24, 2014

Math and Science Pay, But High Schoolers Care Less

The Wall Street Journal – BRENDA CRONIN

“Even amid a relatively weak jobs picture, fewer U.S. high school students are taking up fields of study with proven earnings potential than was the case a decade ago.”(more)

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Can Urban WebSlams STEM The Dropout Tide?

Forbes – James Marshall Crotty

“…there is a once-in-a-generation window for America’s urban youth to fill the STEM employment gap. First, however, they need empirically demonstrated STEM skills to compete for these lucrative positions. This is because in a global economy…they are not merely competing against Americans, they are competing against peers in India, China, and other emerging nations who can do Web design and programming at half the price and double the proficiency.”(more)

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Job market for college grads better but still weak

Boston.com – Paul Wiseman

“The job market for new college graduates is brightening but remains weaker than before the Great Recession began.”(more)

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)