If it's Tuesday, it must be news-day. We're back with your quick hits in STEM.
College-for-all vs. career education? Moving beyond a false debate, Hechinger Report, August 19
The Hechinger Report thoughtfully unpacks the tensions in between the college-for-all movement -- which aims to ensure that all students, regardless of background, complete a four-year degree -- and the potential role of career and technical education. It explores the competing egalitarian and pragmatic influences of both, and looks to potential solutions to have more students ending up in fulfilling, economically viable, positions.
Q&A: Bill Gates on Teaching, Ed Tech, and Philanthropy, EdWeek, August 16
In a lengthy Q&A, education's biggest investor touches upon the role he envisions technology having in education moving forward.
Why Jobs Go Unfilled Even in Times of High Unemployment, The Atlantic, August 19
The Atlantic has a great interview with Skills for America's future program manager Rene Bryce-Laporte, where they talk through the skills gap in higher education and new initiatives to increase students' job-readiness skills.
Master's Degree Is New Frontier of Study Online, New York Times, August 17
MOOCs have been a little slow to take off, but Georgia Tech is potentially altering that with their new MOOC-based Master's. These degree programs will rely on MOOCs to help it offer at $6,600 Master's in computer science, a far lower price than the $45,000 on-campus degree.