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Opinion: Will We Have Full STEAM Ahead?

Scarsdale 10583 – Mayra Kirkendall-Rodriguez

“The Scarsdale School Administration announced during its January 13th Board of Education meeting that it is presently working on developing the K-12 STEAM curriculum…In order to be able to say ‘Full STEAM Ahead,’ it is very important to remember that foreign languages are an extremely useful, but neglected, Art, that is critical to the successful implementation of a STEAM program. Reams of academic research internationally and in the US document that early foreign language acquisition, substantially helps children with cognitive development, and importantly, to improve math skills and standardized test scores. Additionally, scientists have confirmed the health benefits of foreign language acquisition…Unfortunately, the US is in a foreign language crisis; less than 20% of Americans speak a foreign language. According to Department of Defense and Department of Education analyses, we are not producing a sufficient amount of people who can speak languages critical to US national security. Moreover, there is significant demand in the US for foreign language speakers in multiple sectors of the public and private economy.”(more)

New Federal Student-Data-Privacy Legislation Targets Loopholes

Education Week – Alyson Klein

“After an extended delay prompted by sharp criticism from privacy advocates, new federal legislation aimed at better protecting students’ sensitive information is likely to be introduced in the U.S. House this week. The bill, sponsored by Rep. Jared Polis, D-Colo., and Rep. Luke Messer, R-Ind., and developed with involvement from the White House, would prohibit ed-tech vendors from selling student data or using that information to target students with advertisements. The bill would also require vendors to meet new requirements related to data security, breach notification, and contracts with third parties…All told, the bill, if enacted, would significantly expand the federal government’s role in efforts to protect students’ sensitive information.”(more)

Principals Push for More Safeguards for Student Privacy

Education Week – Denisa R. Superville

“With rising concern over student privacy ushered in by the increasing use of technology in schools—from apps in the classrooms, cloud services for storage, and other digital products that collect students’ personal information—the National Association of Secondary School Principals released today a set of recommendations to help safeguard student privacy.” (more)

Data mining your children

Politico – STEPHANIE SIMON

“Even as Congress moves to rein in the National Security Agency, private-sector data mining has galloped forward — perhaps nowhere faster than in education…the data revolution has also put heaps of intimate information about school children in the hands of private companies — where it is highly vulnerable to being shared, sold or mined for profit.”(more)

Is preschool access a national security issue?

The Washington Post – Michael Alison Chandler

“Is early education a national security concern? A group of retired senior military officials says: Yes. “Without enough skilled men and women available to serve in tomorrow’s armed services, we endanger the future strength of our military,” says a report by Mission: Readiness…The best way to improve that talent pool? Early education, the report says.”(more)