Arne Duncan Unveils High School Grant Program Details, Ed Week, June 7
The details of the Obama Administration's high-school redesign initiative have been under wraps for the last several months, but Secretary of Education Arne Duncan announced several details last week in New York. The grants, which are worth a total of $300 million, will help high schools remake themselves to focus more on STEM skills and careers. Applicants should include project-based learning, mentorships, career counseling, and maximized learning time. One school already cited as a model? Pathways to Technology Early College High School (P-TECH), developed by CTEq member company IBM.
The Hidden STEM Economy, Brookings Institute, June 10
Take a look at this great Brookings report on how STEM plays a much larger role in the economy than many think -- in fact, one in five jobs can count as STEM jobs. In most larger metro areas, the share is closer to one in four. It makes a strong, clear case for how pervasive STEM is, and how many jobs that aren't normally considered STEM because they don't require bachelor's degrees still make an important contribution to the STEM economy.
How Kids' Television INspires a Lifelong Love of Science, Smithsonian, June 6
Those of a certain age are used to the "you'll rot your eyes out/you'll turn your brain to mush" laments about watching too much TV. But as Lisa Guernsey points out, the trend in children's TV these days is to give you children an introduction to STEM in creative and engaging ways. While the National Association for the Education of Young Children points out that children should still be observing and encountering science in their own environment, research is showing that preschooler-geared science shows like PBS's Sid the Science Kid may benefit both children, who learn science, and adult caretakers, who learn how to talk to students about science.
Will Florida Adopt the Next Gen Science Standards, Ed Week, June 5
Rhode Island adopted the standards late last month, now Florida -- where Indiana Commissioner Tony Bennett now works -- is poised to become the second state to adopt the newer, rigorous standards.
Does Math Exist?, The Atlantic, June 7
Math is such a given in everyday life, but it's actually a pretty legitimate question: Outside of human conception, does math have an objective existence? While the subjects of fields like biology and chemistry undeniably have objects and matter to study and analyze. In this video from PBS's Mike Rugnetta takes a fun look at the basics of the debate around math's existence and how mathematicians choose to explain the existence and use of mathematics to model and explain the universe.