If it's Tuesday, it must be news-day. We've got all the STEM news you need.
Math Teachers Find Common Core More Rigorous Than Prior Standards, EdWeek, July 29
A survey of middle school math teachers in 43 states shows that 87 percent find the new Common Core State Standards to be more rigorous than their current or former state standards. However, while teachers are familiar with the standards and intrigued by the potential they offer, more can be done to help them incorporate Common Core into lessons, determine what materials best support CCSS aims, and plan and reflect regularly.
For Female Scientists, There's No Good Time to Have Children, The Atlantic, July 29
It's not a new problem, but The Atlantic's got a strong look at the dilemma of married female scientists in academia, as well as a few potential solutions to the problem. Currently, married women with young children are 35 percent less likely to get tenure-track positions when compared to married men with young children, but unmarried, childless women hold a slight edge over unmarried, childless men. The solutions will take cooperation and buy-in from professors and administrators of both sexes, but may offer some hope.
Computer Science Gets Plug in House Bill to Revise ESEA, EdWeek, July 29
The House's rewrite of ESEA gained many STEM detractors during its debate and passage earlier this month, but there was one notable STEM add in the bill: Computer-science teachers are now eligible for professional development funding through ESEA. The support for the amendment was bipartisan. Check out more on the add at EdWeek.
Where Are All the Women Tech Entrepreneurs?, Forbes, July 29
Frida Polli, a female tech entrepreneurs launching her own business, reflects on her own experiences to determine why only 3 percent of new tech companies are founded by women. Some of her theories? Leadership qualities are often seen as 'unfeminine,' subtly discouraging girls and women; the desire for a work-life balance; and implicit sexism. For those interested in women and tech it's a good distillation and starting point for conversation.
Social Media is a must for America's STEM education future, eSchool News, July 15
Social media has exploded -- students these days aren't just on Facebook, they're on Twitter, Vine, Instagram, and many other sites. This has a great list of ways to reach and engage students about STEM across these many platforms.