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The Truth Hurts: The STEM Crisis Is Not a Myth

The Truth Hurts: The STEM Crisis Is Not a Myth | 1.STEM Education 2.Common Core | Scoop.it
The fact that STEM jobs have fared so well even through the recession is telling. If anything, demand will only intensify as the economy picks up. (The lack of STEM education is at the heart of the STEM worker shortage.
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There is ongoing debate about whether there is or there is not a STEM crisis regarding the need for more STEM workers and more students educated in STEM. In this article, the author Ms. Rosen argues that there is a shortage of STEM workers and that we need more students and workers to be educated in STEM. Because there are so many sources arguing whether there is or there is not a STEM crisis, I want to continue researching which one is true. However, I believe that if students want to be educated in STEM then no one should hold them back. I believe the STEM program is beneficial and more students should have the opportunity to explore it, whether they end up pursuing it or not. Because we are coming more technological advanced as a society and in the world, I think offering students technology courses that help them learn and interact with techology is important. Also, I never was offered engineering courses and I wish I was exposed to those types of courses to see if I was interested in engineering and perhaps it would have benefitted me when I graduated high school and came to college. I think the STEM program should be offered to as many students as possible so every student can have to opportunity to experience and learn from it.

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Time to diversify STEM fields - Houston Chronicle

Time to diversify STEM fields - Houston Chronicle | 1.STEM Education 2.Common Core | Scoop.it
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Time to diversify STEM fields
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Over the last several decades the United States has fallen behind in educating Americans in science, technology, engineering and mathematics, or STEM.
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This article does not address the issue of whether there is or is not a STEM crisis but rather the diversity within STEM fields. Ms. Werner-Washburne approches the issue of minority groups not having the opportunity to join STEM programs in schools. She promotes more STEM programs in certain areas to increase those students who may have barriers to participate and succeed in STEM. I agree every student should have the opportunity to participate and succeed in STEM because everyone brings new ideas and different perspectives, which brings innovation and success. However, I have one question for Ms. Werner-Washburne. She explains that these minority groups have cultural barriers, lack of role models, and issues regarding home life that stop them from pursuing STEM fields. However, my question is how increasing extra programs is going to encourage them to pursue STEM fields if it's a cultural issue or an issue regarding home. I believe we need to encourage minority groups to pursue these fields especially if they don't have encouragement at home. However, I'm not sure how adding extra programs will encourage that. If there are STEM programs at schools and every student is given the opportunity to excel in the STEM fields, how is adding more programs going to encourage those who do have access to those programs at school but are blocked by barriers that are at home? I would like to see if there are other ways of motivating and encouraging minority groups to participate and succeed in STEM fields rather than just adding programs and hoping that encourages them.

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Modern 'educational' gifts entertain STEM kids - Tribune-Review

Modern 'educational' gifts entertain STEM kids - Tribune-Review | 1.STEM Education 2.Common Core | Scoop.it
Modern 'educational' gifts entertain STEM kids Tribune-Review With American students trailing behind their global peers in STEM education — science, technology, engineering and math — my wife and I, like many parents, want to encourage a love for...
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The tweet about this article isn't very long or doesn't address STEM programs or the workforce but it does encourage students to pursue STEM fields in a unique way. It discusses how parents can encourage their children (who are students) to have an interest in science, technology, engineering, and math at home as well in school. Specifically, in this article, parents share gift ideas that they can give their children during the holiday season such as educational games and electronics. I believe this is great to show children that learning and exploring science, technology, engineering and math is just as important as receiving fun gifts during the holidays. It may also promote their interest in these subjects if they are explored in a fun, creative way outside of the classroom. I believe parents should encourage education outside of school because learning isn't just a "school thing" that occurs only at school, it occurs everyday both at home and school constantly. This is what we should be encouraging in our society. 

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Common Core Standards: Throwing Gasoline on a Fire - American Thinker

Common Core Standards: Throwing Gasoline on a Fire - American Thinker | 1.STEM Education 2.Common Core | Scoop.it
Common Core Standards: Throwing Gasoline on a Fire
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Second, Common Core locks in place bad ideas that have plagued us for decades.
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This article argues against the Common Core and the author believes the Common Core is too structured, takes away from addressing each child individually, and focuses more on content than actual learning. I believe each child needs a foundation of certain topics and information to be learned to accomplish a grade level and get to the next one. However, how the teacher teaches shouldn't be dictated and I don't think content should be what Common Core focuses on. I think teachers need to not focus on content but should focus on how students learn and how to keep them learning such as integrating the content into ways they can learn about the world around them but also the content. It's how the content is applied to the real world and how students learn that learning is constant not just something you do at school. In addition, Mr. Price believes the Common Core seems too structured and specific. However, this is Maryland's first year with the Common Core and hopefully I can learn more about it, see how it's implemented, and witness its results. 

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Parent Arrested from Common Core Meeting in Baltimore County MD

Read original article by Ann Miller on Examiner.com at: http://www.examiner.com/article/exclusive-video-school-supers-have-parent-arrested-from-common-core-m...
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This short youtube clip is about a parent speaking out against the Common Core and getting arrested. This shows the parents side of the Common Core. I thought it was interesting to watch because the other parents asked those in charge of the meeting to let the parent speaking out to stay and let him answer. In addition, as the security guard came to get the parent speaking out, another parent got up to stop the security guard. It was so interesting to watch. I was astonished and it made me upset that they wouldn't let this parent speak up and had him arrested. His opinion matters even if it disagrees with the Common Core. He may have added insight that could have helped and he wasn't profane so I'm not sure why he got taken out except that he wouldn't stop asking his question. I think it's a good idea to hold these meetings but it also shows how many people are upset about implementing the Common Core. Maybe our education system should re-evaluate the standards their implementing and ask what parents for their input as well since that wasn't the case for the Common Core. I believe parents should have input in their child's education and should work together with our education system to determine what's best for our future generations of kids.

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Common Core State Standards Initiative | Frequently Asked Questions

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This isn't an article but rather FAQ from the Common Core website providing more information about Common Core. I wanted to include it in my newspaper because I have been hearing from other articles that creating Common Core didn't take in teachers opinions but according to this FAQ page, it says "States across the country collaborated with teachers, researchers, and leading experts to design and develop the Common Core State Standards".  In addition, it says, "they were developed in consultation with teachers and parents from across the country..." This makes me wonder if they actually talked to teachers, researchers, parents, etc because of the articles and videos I have read and watched saying differently. In addition, on this FAQ page, it says there will be tests based on the Common Core. However, isn't this just the same as standardized testing and don't we need to get away from teaching just content. How many standardized tests will students have to take? Are teachers just teaching content or will they have time to add their own unique creativity regarding education and learning? It's worth thinking and speaking up about!

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The STEM Crisis Is a Myth - IEEE Spectrum

The STEM Crisis Is a Myth - IEEE Spectrum | 1.STEM Education 2.Common Core | Scoop.it
Forget the dire predictions of a looming shortfall of scientists, technologists, engineers, and mathematicians.
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There is ongoing debate about whether there is or there is not a STEM crisis regarding a shortage of STEM workers and if we need to invest in more more money educating those at college with STEM education so those students can pursue STEM jobs. There are many articles, including this one, arguing about whether or not there is a crisis or not and both sides can be argued. I do not know which is correct nor do I care. I say this because I believe that we should not be concerned about whether there is or there is not a STEM crisis regarding STEM workers and those in college. I am a college student and I believe science, technology, engineering, and math are essential and I am majoring in science and math education. However, I believe there is a bigger problem we should be concerned about -- the fact that students in elementary and middle schools are not receiving STEM education. I believe learning and having a foundation in these four subjects is important. It gives students the opportunity to learn and explore these subjects before they get to college so when they do get to college, if they do, they can have an idea if they want or do not want to pursue any of these subjects. In addition, some percentage of students do not go to college for many reasons but they should have the opportunity to be educated in STEM whether they pursue it or not. I believe it is more important for students to have a foundation in learning and exploring these subjects early in their education rather than just getting through school in order to get a job.

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STEM to add access for 2500 students: City Education officials - New York Daily News

STEM to add access for 2500 students: City Education officials - New York Daily News | 1.STEM Education 2.Common Core | Scoop.it
STEM to add access for 2500 students: City Education officials New York Daily News City Education officials are boosting STEM — science, technology, engineering and math — by offering more than 120 new advanced placement courses in related subjects...
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This article promotes the addition of advanced placement courses in subjects relating to science, technology, engineering, and math in order to encourage students to pursue STEM fields. I think this is a great idea that is specific and it encourages students to take advanced placement courses that will help them explore and have more than just a basic understanding of these subjects. This will also help those minority groups have the opportunity to take these courses and decide whether he or she is interested in pursuing a career in these fields. Not only are the courses related to STEM fields, but they are also challenging so students receive more than just a basic understanding of these subjects but more of what the STEM fields will be about.

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Milton Schools Get New Technology, Thanks to Foundation for Education Grant

Milton Schools Get New Technology, Thanks to Foundation for Education Grant | 1.STEM Education 2.Common Core | Scoop.it
More tablets and other technology will be in the hands of Milton students.
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This short article explains the addition of more computer tablets in the classroom in order to promote technology and have students get hand-on experience with technology. However, I believe there are other ways of integrating technology rather than each individual student receiving a free iPad. From personal experience, I believe allowing laptops and iPads in schools causes distractions rather than intergration of learning and technology. I believe that we do need to integrate technology and learn how to use technology educationally. Many students, including myself, have the distraction of social media and games on laptops and iPads (even phones). I believe technology is essential because we are rapidly increasing the use of technology with phones, iPads, computers, digital software, machines, etc. In order to avoid the distractions, there are sites like Facebook that students and teachers can join that allow teachers to post lessons, homework, videos, extra help, and allow students to review material he or she may have missed or did not understand. In addition, there are chats just like Facebook has where students and teachers may communicate. Also, I know there may be educational games students who are younger could play. Instead of suppressing social media and games, we can integrate education into them. Furthermore, there are other ways of integrating technology into the classroom and allowing both students and teachers to learn about it without just supplying students with iPads to take notes, read or solve problems with and calling it "integrating technology".

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Teachers complain Common Core-linked lessons little more than scripts to read - Fox News

Teachers complain Common Core-linked lessons little more than scripts to read - Fox News | 1.STEM Education 2.Common Core | Scoop.it
Newsday Teachers complain Common Core-linked lessons little more than scripts to read Fox News Backers of the Common Core Standards Initiative, which was created at the behest of the nation's governors and has since been enthusiastically backed by...
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What about teachers? Where is there input? This article addresses the input of teachers who have to enforce the Common Core. Many teachers in this article are quoted that the Common Core is taking away their passion of teaching. They say it's too standardized and the stress of making sure they teach every detail takes away the uniqueness of teaching. They can't find creativity in their job and they feel the Common Core takes away from addressing the needs of each child individiually. In addition, I can't believe that teachers and parents didn't have input on Common Core. I think if teachers are going to teach a curriculum to parents of students learning it, and both parents and teachers need a relationship with the student, then parents and teachers should have input about curriculums being implemented. Maybe Common Core should listen to the teachers concerns and re-evaluate.

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Q&A: Common questions about the Common Core - USA TODAY

Q&A: Common questions about the Common Core - USA TODAY | 1.STEM Education 2.Common Core | Scoop.it
Q&A: Common questions about the Common Core USA TODAY If you keep hearing about the Common Core but don't know exactly what all the fuss is about (don't worry, you're not alone), Stateline provides some frequently asked questions and answers that...
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This article shares insight about both sides of the Common Core debate. It explains more in-depth about why the Common Core was created, which I agree with. I believe we are falling behind in the world with motivation to learn and the content in which our students are learning. We should have standards that each level needs to complete. However, I'm not sure that having it be so specific is necessary. Having topics needed to be covered is one thing, but specific details for every topic may be a bit much. Another concern I have is about the reading. In this article, Ms. Lu explains that it's mandatory now for teachers to assign informational texts for students to read rather than "fun, fiction" reading. I don't agree that students should have to read only informational texts. I believe students should be somewhat exposed since they may need those skills in college or future career but students need to find learning and reading fun so they can continue reading and learning in the future. The more one reads, the more one improves he/she improves their reading skills. They can use those reading skills in college and future career. However, if one learns to not enjoy reading, that's a bigger problem in my opinion. I believe their should be some standards but not as strict and specific as taking away "fun, fictional" reading.

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Why Common Core may not fix our kids' problems with math

Why Common Core may not fix our kids' problems with math | 1.STEM Education 2.Common Core | Scoop.it
The problems in the U.S. education system run deep
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This article addresses how behind we (as the United States) is in math compared to other countries and how Common Core may not be fixing this problem. I think we should give Common Core a couple years maybe to see its benefit and if it isn't doing anything then get rid of it. However, at the same time I'm not sure if this idea will completely waste our time. For example, if it doesn't work that's a couple years of getting some students off track and then implementing something new. Not to mention, stressful for teachers as well. I'm not sure the best way to handle this situation but I do know if our education system wants to implement a new curriculum I believe they NEED to take into consideration the opinions of teachers and parents as well.

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