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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)

More districts deal with teachers lacking credentials

USA Today – Patrick Anderson

“Chris Lund hired three math teachers for the same opening last year. One resigned before walking in the door. Another lasted about a week before she walked out. The third didn’t have a teaching degree, but came with a master’s degree in business. “Someone walked in and asked if I would consider them,” said Lund, superintendent of the Arlington School District. “I told her I would give her two years.” Lund did what public school officials sometimes do when faced with dwindling options for a class that needs a teacher. He hired someone who wasn’t fully qualified. South Dakota allows the practice, but the responsibility then falls to local school officials to make sure the new hire is on a path to earn the credentials. It’s happening more often in South Dakota public schools. Hiring non-credentialed teachers comes with obvious risks, but it also can be a doorway for people who want to be teachers but don’t have the time or money for a second degree. How South Dakota compares nationally is hard to determine. States have different standards and policies for employing teachers.”(more)

JOHNSON: STEM boosts economy

The Rapid City Journal – Senator Tim Johnson

“The world has become a smaller place as technology becomes an increasing presence in our lives and changes the way we do business. Today’s economy is more competitive than it has ever been. To maintain our country’s competitiveness at home and abroad, we must invest in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) education.”(more)

EDITORIAL: Math, science education expanding

The Rapid City Journal – Editorial

“The belief was that a national science laboratory at Lead would be a perfect fit with South Dakota School of Mines & Technology in Rapid City. That has certainly proven to be the case. The School of Mines now offers a physics doctoral program, taking advantage of the science research now underway at the Sanford Underground Research Facility at Homestake.”(more)