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  • keeperchris

    I am certainly a strong proponent of STEM education - I am an E(ngineer) and am grateful for a quality education with dedicated teachers.
    I am also a product of the arts, and thrive in my workplace because I know how to think outside of the box to find solutions to unique problems.
    The problem that I have noticed is that STEM teachers who come to school through non-traditional methods after years working in technological industries are not well accepted or supported by those who come up through traditional educational methods. This is the largest problem I see with the 100Kin10 push. Good luck, good work, but come in with eyes wide open.

  • anetfrank

    STEM studies by themselves are not enough. They need the arts to encourage creative thinking skills, so add the ARTS and to the STEM and give our kids some STEAM.

  • Andrew Shauver

    This is a nice piece and...

    I am tentatively supportive.

    The last thing we need (which seems to be a risk of projects like these) is someone at one of the variety of grant-donors to decide that we need to check the progress of these STEM initiatives by giving our kids more tests.

    If we want to see an increase in real STEM education quality (by the spirit of it, not the letter), the STEM initiatives must provide students opportunities to use STEM to model problems, make errors, collaborate, be creative.

    All of these things have fallen off in the culture of testing that we have created and continue to perpetuate. Does President Obama see us needing an improvement in STEM? How about relaxing the testing and content standard requirements... open up the STEM curricula and let the students explore the world the STEM has to offer.

    I've written about this stuff before. Check it out here:

    (Not that I think that you'll necessarily care to read my stuff, but if you should decide you want more background on where I'm coming from.)

  • zeleniyedeti

    Thats terrible. What about art, music and dance teachers? Those are the people who really make a profound change in kids lives, help them develop creativity and problem solving skills, those are the things which build leaders not followers.

  • Briana Myricks

    This is awesome! FYI many of the links in the article are mailto links so it brings up your email program as opposed to the website :)

    • Liz Dwyer

      Thanks for the heads up. Fixed 'em! Happy holidays! ;)