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How Cultural Education Nurtures Imagination – and Why This Matters

The Huffington Post – Sarah Palferman

“In a recent article in the Times Education Supplement Sir Peter Bazalgette, the Chairman of Arts Council England, argues that a rich cultural education is the right of all children, bestowing benefits educationally, economically and socially. That this is undoubtedly true becomes self-evident when we consider how diminished our lives would be without just one facet of human experience that is nurtured through engaging children with the arts: imagination…Imagination is a key component of creative thinking and innovation, attributes that are significantly correlated with professional success and, as any casual perusal of the classifieds will reveal, are highly sought after, highly valued, and attract appropriate remuneration…Through the rich cultural education that all children deserve we can foster the development of imaginative capabilities that will excite them about the process of learning and help them to achieve their full academic potentials. We can enhance their social skills, imbue them with a mechanism for coping with adversity, and allow them to engage fully in both arts and sciences that will inspire and enrich their lives.”(more)

Engineering Talent Hidden in Plain Sight

Change the Equation – Staff Writer

“As the nation kicks off Engineers Week, organizations across the country are celebrating the engineers who have made the world a safer, healthier, more prosperous, and more humane place to live. That is as it should be. It is just as important, however, to acknowledge how the nation is squandering talent that could engineer solutions to our most daunting global challenges. Much of our nation’s talent is hidden in plain sight: people of color who lack the opportunities to join the ranks of the nation’s leading innovators.”(more)

The importance of art education

Post-Crescent Media – Anne Baruth

“Making art is more than an enjoyable pastime. It involves ongoing step-by-step, moment-by-moment creative problem-solving exercises of the brain — producing thinking patterns and abilities that transfer to other areas of life. Researchers who study creative development in young people tell us that thinking skills used in making visual art — such as experimentation, exploration, invention and imagination — become the foundation for higher-level thinking skills such as synthesis, inquiry and research. Others who assess our swiftly changing, uncertain times are sounding the call: critical thinking skills must be combined with creative thinking skills.”(more)

Why Science Fairs Matter More Than Ever

The Huffington Post – David D. Etzwiler

“Science fairs had a rough 2015…Critics were saying that science fairs were not achieving what they were supposed to. Instead of generating more interest in science, technology, engineering, and math — the STEM fields — they were inspiring races to the bottom, a constant reheating of unimaginative projects proven to get a good grade…That said, we would encourage parents and educators alike to embrace their science fairs more, not hate them. STEM, after all, is nothing less than the language of our new and still-rapidly changing digital economy. Jobs in these fields are growing three times faster than any other sector of our economy, and yet only 16 percent of American high school seniors, according to the U.S. Department of Education, are proficient in math and even interested in STEM. Science fairs and competitions are helping to close this skills gap…Science fairs, when done right, focus students on solving problems, not just acing tests…they continue to nurture the spirit of innovation that guides success in our global economy.”(more)

Degree Programs for Emerging Entrepreneurs in the Education Innovation Ecosystem

Forbes – Barbara Kurshan

“Teaching some of the most underserved students in New Orleans, Hilah Barbot, the Director for Blended Learning for the KIPP New Orleans Schools, noticed that her students’ low writing proficiency was one of the greatest barriers to college entry. Inspired by education technology tools available on the market, Hilah and her co-worker Adam Kohler had an idea about how to enhance their writing capabilities using adaptive, personalized learning. There are thousands of innovative thinkers like Hilah and Adam who have ideas about how to address some of the most pressing issues in education. Their stories illustrate the need for learning opportunities for new and potential education entrepreneurs as part of the education innovation ecosystem, which I have written about in past blogs. In researching available opportunities for her to grow her idea into a venture, Hilah came across a program that blended her interests in education, business and entrepreneurship that didn’t require her to leave her classroom- the M.S.Ed. in Education Entrepreneurship program at the University of Pennsylvania’s Graduate School of Education (“Penn GSE”)- and decided to enroll.”(more)

BASF taking innovation where markets are

China Daily- Zhu Wenqian

“BASF director says the firm is coasting on its long history with China to industrial glory
BASF SE’s association with China goes back all the way to 1885. Over the last 130 years, the Ludwigshafen, Germany-headquartered 150-year-old multinational, which deals mainly in chemicals, plastics, performance products, crop protection products, petrochemicals, nutrition and health products, oil and gas, has made China key to its growth and evolution.
Sanjeev Gandhi, 49, one of BASF’s executive directors, now heads the company’s operations in Greater China and Asia Pacific. A BASF veteran, Gandhi has risen through the ranks over 22 years to reach the Board of Executive Directors.”(more)