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Op-ed: Leaders need to step up STEM education

The Houston Business Journal – Rich Haut and David Holt

“According to the National Center for Education Statistics, there is a rising consensus that our nation’s future economic competitiveness depends upon strengthening our students’ skills in STEM. Unfortunately, American students rank just 27th in math and 20th in science, the National Math and Science Initiative says…A Pew Research Center report last year revealed that only 29 percent of Americans rated their country’s K-12 education in STEM as above average or the best in the world. Scientists were even more critical: A companion review of members of the American Association for the Advancement of Science found that just 16 percent labeled America’s K-12 STEM education as the best or above average.”(more)

Language skills can seal the deal for business students

North Jersey – Antoinette Rainone

“Interested in conducting business around the world? It may seem obvious, but it’s highly beneficial to speak the language of the people you’re doing business with. “Business is conducted all over the world in real time in multiple languages,” said Dr. Maria Ann Roglieri, professor of foreign languages at St. Thomas Aquinas College in Sparkill, N.Y. “People in international business need to understand the language – and culture – of their clients.” Dr. Gladys Torres-Baumgarten, associate professor in international business at Ramapo College of New Jersey concurs. “In international business, there could be a scenario where someone in an international market is faced with doing business with two potentially viable business partners, but if one of them speaks the decision-maker’s language, chances are that the foreign language speaker will be given the business.” In pragmatic terms, it cannot be assumed that clients are fluent enough in English to conduct an entire meeting in English.”(more)

6 Things Science Says Kids Need To Succeed In Education And Business

Forbes – Jordan Shapiro

“In their new book, Becoming Brilliant: What Science Tells Us About Raising Successful Children, Roberta Michnick Golinkoff and Kathy Hirsh-Pasek ask what it would take “take to help all children be happy, healthy, thinking, caring, and sociable children who enjoy learning and who move toward becoming collaborative, creative, competent, and responsible citizens of tomorrow?” The answer they provide is tailored specifically to a 21st century global economy. They offer a science-based framework, neatly packaged as “the 6Cs”—collaboration, communication, content, critical thinking, creativity, and confidence. These are “the key skills that will help all children become the thinkers and entrepreneurs of tomorrow.” They argue that these are the skills that kids need to become “contributing members of their communities and good citizens as they forge a fulfilling personal life.” The 6Cs are as applicable to business as they are to education.”(more)

We need to turn our schools into the business incubators of the future

The Telegraph – John Fensterwald

“If Theresa May is serious about delivering “a country that works for everyone”, we need to turn our schools into the business incubators of the future. We need to give children from all backgrounds the opportunity to dream big, create their own work and design the businesses of the future. This is the true springboard for social mobility, particularly as the UK embarks on an uncertain post-EU economic path. Enterprise education must be high on the agenda of Justine Greening, the new Education Secretary. As the Prime Minister made clear in her first speech from the steps of Downing Street, “if you’re a white, working-class boy, you’re less likely than anybody else to go to university” In a country where many teenagers feel they need to move away from their hometown to find a job, we need to open our children’s eyes to the way they can take control of their own destiny by starting a business.”(more)

America needs to support STEM education. Here are three ways business can make it happen

Fox News – Talia Milgrom-Elcott and Blair Blackwell

“Five years ago, 100Kin10, a network of over 200 partners, came together around a common goal: realizing President Obama’s challenge to train 100,000 high-quality science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) teachers by 2021. President Obama recently announced that 100Kin10 will not only meet, but will exceed that goal by 2021. As we celebrate this milestone and how far we’ve come over these five years, we still need to ask “What’s next?” How can we make even bolder progress and continue to value and invest in teachers? As leaders at the intersection of STEM and education, we know that our country faces many systemic challenges in recruiting, training, supporting and retaining excellent STEM teachers.”(more)

Top 10: STEM Job Approved Employers 2016

Change the Equation – Staff Writer

“…what role do the companies play in developing and receiving the students who are eager to orchestrate the next rocket launch? STEM Jobs Approved (SJA) performs a yearly study across multiple industries to discover the corporations most worth aspiring to…When it comes to contributing to diversity in STEM fields, fostering partnerships between classrooms and careers, aiding STEM career development, and ensuring opportunities for STEM students, 10 CTEq member companies rank amongst STEM Jobs Magazine’s elite employers. Read further to find out their specialties and which career fields match best with their opportunities.”(more)