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The STEM Zombie Apocalypse

Edutopia – Amy Schwartzbach-Kang and Edward Kang

“So many adults, including teachers, joke about not being able to do simple math or not being a “science person” that many students enter STEM classrooms with negative views. This creates a fixed mindset as students believe they need certain natural abilities to be successful in math and science. As educators, we need to create opportunities for students to overcome these deeply planted negative views.” (more)

Editorial: Math education is a difficult problem in search of a solution

The Herald-Dispatch – Editorial

“Math is one of those subjects that has been a problem for educators for generations. Various teaching methods have been tried, but performance always lags behind that in other subjects. It doesn’t help that American culture tends to approve of being bad at math. As Barbie said a few years ago, “Math is hard. Let’s go shopping.” Children may have difficulty understanding why they should learn long division when the calculator on their phones can do the same job faster.” (more)

K–12 Schools Work to Incorporate Computer Science into Curriculums

Ed Tech Magazine – Eli Zimmerman

“Forecasts report that computer science skills will be essential for the future workforce, creating a need for K–12 experts to work harder to incorporate such lessons into the curriculum. According to the App Association, there will be approximately 1 million unfilled computing jobs in 2024. Research conducted by the Bureau of Labor Statistics has found that number could be reached by 2020. These findings have put a fire underneath educators and K–12 organizations to refocus efforts to teach computer science skills.” (more)

Igniting students’ STEM interest begins with educating their teachers

Education Dive – Lauren Barack

“Providing quality STEM education in K-12 schools is a struggle, noted the 2016 report, “STEM 2026: A Vision for Innovation in STEM Education,” from the U.S. Department of Education (DOE). Yet by 2021, U.S. businesses will be looking to add about 1.6 million people — which will include 945,000 who have basic STEM skills, and 635,000 who have more advanced STEM abilities — according to the DOE’s paper. “States, districts, and schools struggle to provide all students with the STEM experiences required for the 21st century, regardless of college and career aspirations,” the report said.” (more)

Why Did The Approach To Teaching Math Change With Common Core?

Forbes – Peter Kruger

“In the early 2000’s, Congress passed a reauthorization of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1968, or ESEA. That particular version was more commonly known as No Child Left Behind. While the revision to the law was largely seen as a failure, with its focus on high-stakes testing and failure to raise scores, NCLB did provide something to educational professionals that they’d never had before: data. Mountains of data.” (more)

Can You Teach Good Writing? We Ask One of the Greats

Ed Surge – Jeffrey R. Young

“John McPhee, a master of telling nonfiction stories, became a teacher by accident 43 years ago when Princeton University needed a last-minute replacement. He has steered the course ever since, each spring when he takes breaks from writing books or pieces for The New Yorker, and it has become legendary in journalism circles.” (more)