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STEM paving the way to the future of learning

The Toledo Blade – Staff Writer

“Children are natural scientists. They learn through discovery, exploration and play. Like sponges, a child’s brain absorbs more information in the first five years of development than any other time. Quality education during this time period is critical to future academic, social and professional success and creates the framework upon which skills can be built. Young children learn best when they can work in an environment where they can move freely and explore.”(more)

Advantages of a STEM education

The Dakota Student – Elizabeth Fequiere

“Statistics have shown that too many students spend tens of thousands of dollars to attend college and graduate with degrees in the humanities, fine arts or similar areas that they have difficulty finding jobs in. There are fewer and fewer students pursuing degrees in STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) fields. As a result, there is also an inadequate number of qualified teachers who are able to teach effectively in these subjects.”(more)

Tell your kids: Math makes money

Market Watch Jillian Berman

“Parents and math teachers regularly asked by their school-aged charges whether math matters in real life may now have an answer. In a study published by the National Bureau of Economic Research this week, Harvard Kennedy School Policy Professor Joshua Goodman took a look at what happened to students whose high schools were required in the 1980s to increase the minimum level of coursework required to graduate. What he found is that black students were more likely to increase the number of math courses they took as a result of the change in standards and that translated into higher earnings down the line.”(more)

Civil Society and Job Training

Education Next – Andy Smarick

“Imagine trying to hit multiple invisible and moving targets with a single shot from a clunky weapon with an imprecise scope. Needless to say, you’re not going to end up as an award-winning marksman under such conditions. This, I believe, is one way we can think about the limitations of using public policy to develop the workforce of the future. Even under the best circumstances, it’s hard to predict what jobs are going to be available in five or ten years. That’s probably doubly true in today’s environment as changes in the economy, advancements in technology, and the ripples of globalization promise to seriously reshuffle the deck.”(more)

Philosophy can teach children what Google can’t Philosophy can teach children what Google can’t

The Guardian – Charlotte Blease

“At the controls of driverless cars, on the end of the telephone when you call your bank or favourite retailer: we all know the robots are coming, and in many cases are already here. Back in 2013, economists at Oxford University’s Martin School estimated that in the next 20 years, more than half of all jobs would be substituted by intelligent technology. Like the prospect of robot-assisted living or hate it, it is foolish to deny that children in school today will enter a vastly different workplace tomorrow – and that’s if they’re lucky. Far from jobs being brought back from China, futurologists predict that white-collar jobs will be increasingly outsourced to digitisation as well as blue-collar ones.”(more)