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Friday, February 27, 2015

Our Universities Are Not Teaching Innovation

Forbes – Henry Doss

“Our system of higher education is out of whack with the future, and with innovation; and it is at direct odds with what we say we believe. Not only are our universities not teaching innovation or delivering an innovation experience, they seem to be doing their best to destroy innovative thinking in young people. This is not intentional, but it may be all the more insidious for being unplanned, unnoticed and unseen. Business leaders, politicians and economists all say more or less the same thing: The future depends on innovation and without it we are doomed as a country and a society to second-class status. So innovation, and those who can lead and cause innovation, are at a premium. You would think we would respond to this in our system of higher education; but, in fact, we are doing the exact opposite.”(more)

Thursday, February 26, 2015

Can gifted education survive the Common Core?

Thomas B. Fordham Institute – Chester E. Finn, Jr.

“What does the Common Core portend for America’s high-achieving and gifted students?…Gifted children, in our view, have generally been short-changed in recent years by American public education, even as the country has awakened to their potential contributions to our economic competitiveness and technological edge. It would therefore be a terrible mistake for the new Common Core standards, praiseworthy as we believe they are, to become a justification for even greater neglect…The advent of the Common Core standards can and should boost the learning of America’s ablest young learners, not serve as a rationale for denying them opportunities to fulfill their potential. Getting this right calls for re-evaluating and strengthening policies for the gifted, providing more robust programs and services for them, doing what it takes to make differentiation more than a pipe dream, and tapping into resources and educators who can amplify both the standards and their students’ chances of success. It’s a great opportunity to right one of the wrongs perpetrated on U.S. K–12 education during the NCLB era. In so doing, we can brighten the prospects of millions of kids—as well as the entire country’s future.”(more)

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Hansen: Are parents training resilience and creativity out of their kids?

Omaha.com – Matthew Hansen

“We congratulate kindergartners when they line up neatly, pat second-graders on the head when they color between the lines, scold fourth-graders when they ring the doorbell twice to see what happens. All of these parenting moves make perfect sense, says an Omaha expert on child development. And each one of these moves, when drummed into our kids’ heads, can produce adults ill-equipped for the new American economy. “We love disruptive innovators,” says Dr. Laura Jana. “We don’t love them when they are 4.””(more)

Thursday, February 19, 2015

We don’t need more STEM majors. We need more STEM majors with liberal arts training.

The Washington Post – Loretta Jackson-Hayes

“In business and at every level of government, we hear how important it is to graduate more students majoring in science, technology, engineering and math, as our nation’s competitiveness depends on it…The emphasis on bolstering STEM participation comes in tandem with bleak news about the liberal arts — bad job prospects, programs being cut, too many humanities majors. As a chemist, I agree that remaining competitive in the sciences is a critical issue. But as an instructor, I also think that if American STEM grads are going lead the world in innovation, then their science education cannot be divorced from the liberal arts. Our culture has drawn an artificial line between art and science, one that did not exist for innovators like Leonardo da Vinci and Steve Jobs…To innovate is to introduce change. While STEM workers can certainly drive innovation through science alone, imagine how much more innovative students and employees could be if the pool of knowledge from which they draw is wider and deeper. That occurs as the result of a liberal arts education…By all means, let’s grow our STEM graduates as aggressively as possible. But let’s make sure they also have that all-important grounding in the liberal arts. We can have both.”(more)

Thursday, January 29, 2015

‘Maker Space’ Allows Kids To Innovate, Learn In The Hospital

NPR – Noah Nelson

“All around the country, computer hackers, artists and other do-it-yourselfers are meeting up in “maker spaces,” to share tools and build cool stuff together, such as robots or musical instruments. Maker spaces are popping up in all sorts of places: school auditoriums, libraries, under tents at community festivals, and now, even at the hospital. At Vanderbilt University’s Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital in Nashville, Tenn., the maker space comes in the form of a large metal cart, carrying materials and tools young patients can use to create objects…The point of this maker space isn’t just to give kids with long hospital stays something cool to do. It’s a pilot program designed by Krishnan to solve the problem of teaching science and math skills to kids inside hospitals.”(more)

Thursday, January 22, 2015

An Investment in Education for the Next Generation of STEM Innovators Is a Smart Bet

The Huffington Post – Vivian R. Pickard

“It’s no secret that the cost of a college education has steadily increased over the years. As that price tag continues to rise, it becomes even more important for parents and their college-aged children to seriously consider the schools and majors they choose…As the focus on innovation and technology in American industries continues to sharpen, the need for qualified applicants in science, technology, engineering, math (STEM) fields will also become more evident. Students who choose a STEM-related major can expect to enter a market where the number of jobs is projected to grow twice as fast as jobs in other fields over the next five years, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.”(more)

Friday, November 21, 2014

‘Embrace engineering’s creative side’ to fix skills crisis

BBC News – Judith Burns

“Engineers should embrace the arts as being key to creativity and an important component of innovation, crucial to creating new products and boosting future competitiveness, argued Sir John O’Reilly, a fellow of the Institution of Engineering and Technology.”(more)

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

STEM vs. STEAM: Do the Arts Belong?

Education Week – Anne Jolly

“The purpose of STEAM should not be so much to teach art but to apply art in real situations. Applied knowledge leads to deeper learning…We need students who are motivated and competent in bringing forth solutions to tomorrow’s problems. When push comes to shove, it’s not STEM vs. STEAM—it’s about making every student a fully-literate 21st-century citizen.”(more)

Wednesday, November 5, 2014

Educator: Critical thinking key to STEM success

Springfield News-Sun – Katie Wedell

“In order to compete in the global economy, students should be encouraged to explore the STEM fields, but not at the expense of becoming well-rounded, critical thinkers…the most successful thinkers, the ones who will cure cancers and solve global warming, are those who have the creativity to think innovatively, the confidence to put their ideas out there and the technical skills and knowledge to bring their ideas to into reality…” (more)

From High School To High Tech: Bridging The Talent Gap In The Innovation Economy

Forbes – Rebecca O. Bagley

“Much innovation today is taking place behind closed doors – in labs or design studios…By the time our students are developing an interest for these innovations, our businesses are on to the next big thing. This disconnect poses a threat to the future of our workforce…today’s student who should be exposed to an entrepreneurial curriculum, provided with real life experiences…” (more)