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STEM News Roundup: Does STEM Education ‘Undermine Learning?'

STEM News Round-Up: Does STEM Education ‘Undermine Learning?'

This week in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) news, one software engineer discusses how STEM education needs to separate fact from fiction in order to best prepare students for the future.

John Morris defines several “myths” for MyAJC that he says undermine learning in STEM education. The first, he says, is that science and math are different in today’s society than they were just a few years ago.

"Granted, the variety of STEM degrees has increased, but they all begin assuming a general education with an emphasis on science and math. The science and math fundamentals, however, have not been changing,” he argues.

Further, he says people incorrectly assume that every student can and should aspire to be an engineer or programmer.

He also discusses the issue that many critics of an over-emphasis on STEM education bring up--an undervaluing of humanities and non-STEM subjects.

"Ultimately, the best of what we create is a melding of art and science (e.g., consider a good website, part art, part psychology, part science, part engineering). So, those who would trivialize the contributions of anything that is not STEM to technological advancement are ill-informed."

 

Science

New Jersey’s Adoption of NGSS Receives Praise

One veteran educator took to the Internet this week to praise New Jersey for its adoption of the Next Generation Science Standards.

"Brian Carey has been teaching and supervising science instruction for 18 years and he raves about finally finding a way to help students see their own potential as “'science people.’”

He says through the standards, students have an opportunity to learn bigger and broader scientific concepts.

 

Technology

Is Technology Responsible for More Bullying in Schools? 

A majority of parents believe bullying is on the rise in today’s schools, with many believing that technology is partly to blame. The new survey reveals that many parents believe technology makes it easier for children to be bullied both in and out of school.

 

Engineering

Students in Texas District Learn Robotics as Early as Three-Years-Old

One school district in Texas believes that students should learn STEM as early as possible- and teaches robotics courses to students as young as three. ""We teach robotics and STEAM starting in kindergarten, and are now including 3- and 4-year-olds. With the help of an engineer, our youngest students are building a Mars rover — a modular car that they can put together and drive,” said Superintendent Ruben Alejandro.

 

Math

Video Series Teaches Common Core Math to Parents

A new six-part video series aims to help parents gain understanding of Common Core math.

The series touches on how the standards teach students to conceptualize numbers and how assessments make sure students understand.

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