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Sunday, September 14, 2014

Policymakers hail STEM education as a strong foundation, pushing innovation

The Washington Post – Wesley Robinson

“Although a recent study found that almost 75 percent of those who have science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) bachelor’s degrees have jobs in other fields, policymakers, advocates and executives continue to push STEM education as a way to close achievement gaps and produce U.S. innovation.” (more)

Friday, September 5, 2014

STEM is incredibly valuable, but if we want the best innovators we must teach the arts

The Washington Post – Justin Brady

“Science, technology, engineering and math are great things to teach and focus on, but they can’t do the job alone. In order to prepare our students to lead the world in innovation, we need to focus on the creative thought that gives individuals that innovative edge…The arts being the major brain booster and spark behind creativity is overwhelming…” (more)

In a STEM-obsessed world, let’s remember to value real inventions over test scores

The Washington Post – Dominic Basulto

“The Boston Children’s Museum…probably has the best advice for how to think about STEM: Just get kids curious about science and the rest will fall into place. Constantly find ways to stimulate that curiosity…worry more about taking your kids for a long walk in the park and getting them interested in what they see all around them. That’s when they will be able to create the innovations of tomorrow.” (more)

Wednesday, September 3, 2014

Policymakers hail STEM education as a strong foundation, pushing innovation

The Washington Post – Wesley Robinson

“…policymakers, advocates and executives continue to push STEM education as a way to close achievement gaps and produce U.S. innovation…the focus on STEM education is a response to global achievement trends, with an effort to develop students’ skills rather than drive them to specific careers.” (more)

Saturday, August 16, 2014

Education and Innovation: Time for a Change

The Huffington Post – Sean Carey, Ph.D.

“What we once took for granted in higher education has been turned on its head. The scrutiny of the liberal arts comes at a time when the economic performance of the United States has been languishing for more than six years.” (more)

Friday, August 15, 2014

Educating for the Bigger Picture

Education Week – Daniel Goleman and Peter Senge

“…for the past 20 years, innovative teachers have been working to introduce systems thinking into pre-K-12 schools to build a third intelligence—systems intelligence. Systems thinking, which has been a hot topic in the business world for years, has been shown to increase student motivation by engaging learners in issues of genuine concern to them…” (more)

The U.S. Neglects Its Best Science Students

Scientific American – Rena F. Subotnik, Paula Olszewski-Kubilius and Frank C. Worrell

“The U.S. education policy world—the entire country, for that matter—is on a quest to increase the ranks of future innovators in science and technology. Yet the programs that get funded in K–12 education do not support students who are already good at and in love with science.” (more)

Wednesday, August 6, 2014

The Importance of STEM Education

U.S. News & World Report – Chris Hassan

“…science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) fields…are vital to the future of innovation…Many experts feel something must be done or the nation may end up paying a steep economic price.” (more)

Friday, July 25, 2014

Five U.S. innovations that helped Finland’s schools improve but that American reformers now ignore

The Washington Post – Valerie Strauss

“Finnish educator and scholar Pasi Sahlberg is one of the world’s leading experts on school reform and educational practices…Sahlberg notes how U.S. innovation has helped many successful education systems around the world even as Americans ignore those very same reforms. This is important reading.” (more)

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

U.S. Gets Low Scores for Innovation in Education

Education Week – Michele Molnar

“U.S. schools and classrooms rank near the bottom among the countries studied in a first-ever report on education innovation by the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development, or OECD.” (more)