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  • How Identity Politics Is Harming the Sciences

    05/15/2018 6:48:04 AM PDT · by reaganaut1 · 92 replies
    City Journal ^ | Spring 2018 | Heather Mac Donald
    Identity politics has engulfed the humanities and social sciences on American campuses; now it is taking over the hard sciences. The STEM fields—science, technology, engineering, and math—are under attack for being insufficiently “diverse.” The pressure to increase the representation of females, blacks, and Hispanics comes from the federal government, university administrators, and scientific societies themselves. That pressure is changing how science is taught and how scientific qualifications are evaluated. The results will be disastrous for scientific innovation and for American competitiveness. A scientist at UCLA reports: “All across the country the big question now in STEM is: how can we...
  • Auburn High School Proudly Adopts ‘Africentric Math’ To Draw Black Students Into STEM Fields

    04/02/2018 2:02:01 PM PDT · by ethom · 162 replies
    Biz Pac Review ^ | Apr 2 2018 | Gabrielle Okun
    A Canadian high school switched to “Africentric Math” to attract black students to go into Science, Technology, Engineering and Math(STEM) fields, according to Canadian Broadcasting’s(CBC) Wednesday report. Nova Scotia’s Auburn Drive High School math teachers are skipping their previous eurocentric approach to teaching mathematics so black students will gain more interest in the subject, the CBC reported. Teachers are adopting an Afrocentric lens to teach mathematics, based on incorporating African history and culture to make math classes resonate with their students. Auburn High School is working with the Imphop’s Legacy Academy, a program encouraging black students to get interested in...
  • Unmanned Aerial Systems soar to the Capitol

    02/05/2018 6:22:34 AM PST · by SandRat
    Sierra Vista Herald ^ | Jacqueline Moran For the Herald/Review
    Save PHOENIX — An Unmanned Aerial System (UAS) used for public safety flew above the capitol grounds in Phoenix on Wednesday, Jan. 17, during the 13th annual Aerospace Days at the Capitol. Hosted by the Aerospace States Association and Aerospace Arizona, the goal of the event was to educate legislators on the commercial uses of UAS, including agriculture, ranching, mining operations, inspecting large aircraft, and real estate. Demonstrations and displays regarding UAS uses, legislation, regulation, safety and technical issues, adorned the capitol lawn as legislators and citizens learned about the uses and economic impact of the aerospace industry, specifically as...
  • Instead of Filling Cavities, Dentists May Soon Regenerate Teeth

    02/03/2018 9:21:20 PM PST · by LibWhacker · 37 replies
    Scientific American ^ | 2/1/18 | Ferris Jabr
    Researchers recently discovered certain drugs, including one developed to treat Alzheimer’s, stimulate innate self-repair mechanismsFor dentists, a cavity is a conundrum—in order to save the tooth they must further damage it. Currently, the primary way to treat a cavity is to excavate the decay and the surrounding area before filling the resulting crater with a durable surrogate material such as metal, plastic or glass cement. But what if instead of drilling holes into teeth and patching them up with synthetic fillers, dentists could coax our pearly whites to regrow themselves? Recently, Paul Sharpe, a bioengineer at King’s College London, and...
  • White men who can’t get jobs say they’re being discriminated against

    01/10/2018 3:46:06 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 67 replies
    MarketWatch ^ | Jan 10, 2018 12:03 p.m. ET | Jillian Berman
    An engineer who was fired by Google for circulating an anti-diversity memo sued the company this week, alleging that the tech giant discriminates against white, conservative men. He’s likely not alone in that belief. There are other white men working in tech who believe their gender and race are making it difficult for them to get ahead, according to a survey by the Pew Research Center about diversity in the science and technology fields. Pew asked a nationally representative sample of white men with jobs in science, technology, math and engineering (or STEM) fields whether they thought their gender made...
  • What STEM Students Need to Know

    12/19/2017 2:44:20 PM PST · by RicocheT · 162 replies
    Wall Street Journal ^ | 12-18-2017 | Eric Freeman and David Gelernter
    "The U.S. is about to spend a small fortune on teaching science, technology, engineering and mathematics, or STEM....That’s a good investment in theory, but the American education system is in no position to make the most of it." "...Students should reach college prepared to take serious science and engineering courses, yet many don’t. Our math teaching is half a century out of date, and without math there is no STEM. Computer science builds on electronics and “discrete mathematics,” as opposed to the classical type leading to calculus."
  • University of Georgia Lets Students Pick Own Grades If Their Bad Grade Causes Them Stress

    08/10/2017 10:53:54 AM PDT · by pabianice · 44 replies
    overpassforamerica ^ | 8/8/17 | Founder
    Georgia College STEM course lets entitled students choose grades, opt-out of homework, and leave student groups with new stress policy. University of Georgia campus descends further into emotionally-immature amateur hour with participation trophy policy to reduce college students’ stress, reducing a STEM course to little more than an “adulting” version of Kindergarten Nap-Time In a stunning but not-to-surprising example of the deteriorating quality of education and discipline in America’s universities, A UoG STEM college course in data management has adopted what they call a “Stress Reduction Policy”. This stress policy, in all its extravagant methods of stroking students’ over-inflated egos,...
  • Anita Hill Wants Women in Tech to Sue Their Employers for Sex Discrimination

    08/08/2017 12:12:36 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 38 replies
    New York Magazine ^ | August 8, 2017 | Claire Landsbaum
    Over the weekend, a memo written by a Google engineer suggesting women are less “biologically” fit to work in tech became another reminder of just how far Silicon Valley companies have to go when it comes to eradicating sexism. The memo was the latest in a series of scandals that have made abundantly clear how toxic tech jobs can be for women, and highlighted the immediate need for companies to come up with a concrete plan to counter sex discrimination. But Anita Hill, whose own claims of sexual harassment made headlines back in the ‘90s, has no faith in the...
  • Exclusive: Here's The Full 10-Page Anti-Diversity Screed"Circulating Internally at Google

    08/05/2017 2:59:56 PM PDT · by zzzz8 · 34 replies
    Gizmodo ^ | August 5, 2017 | Kate Conger
    A software engineer’s 10-page screed against Google’s diversity initiatives is going viral inside the company, being shared on an internal meme network and Google+. The document’s existence was first reported by Motherboard, and Gizmodo has obtained it in full. In the memo, which is the personal opinion of a male Google employee and is titled “Google’s Ideological Echo Chamber,” the author argues that women are underrepresented in tech not because they face bias and discrimination in the workplace, but because of inherent psychological differences between men and women. “We need to stop assuming that gender gaps imply sexism,” he writes,...
  • STEM Academy admin resigns following controversy with anti- abortion protesters

    05/12/2017 11:00:56 AM PDT · by Morgana · 21 replies
    .thereporteronline.com ^ | May 12, 2017 | Ginger Rae Dunbar
    DOWNINGTOWN >> He decided he’s done. Downingtown STEM Academy administrator Zachary Ruff, who became involved in a heated exchange during an anti-abortion protest last month conducted by two teens outside the nationally ranked school, has resigned. Ruff, dean of student life and academics, resigned to the Downingtown Area School Board members on Thursday afternoon, according to district officials. “Dr. Ruff, the school board, administration and all members of the Downingtown Area School District would like to put this terribly unfortunate incident in the past to enable everyone to move forward,” the statement from the district reads in part.
  • Trump Signs Bills Supporting Women Entrepreneurs and Women in STEM Fields

    02/28/2017 3:35:46 PM PST · by bobsunshine · 45 replies
    CNS ^ | February 28, 2017 | Melanie Arter
    President Donald Trump signed into law two bills on Tuesday aimed at encouraging women to pursue careers in science and business fields. “Today I’m signing two bills that promote women entering and leading the STEM fields – science, technology, engineering, and math. Currently, only one in four women who gets a STEM degree is working in a STEM job – which is not fair, and it’s not even smart for the people that aren’t taking advantage of it,” Trump said. “It’s unacceptable that we have so many American women who have these degrees but yet are not being employed in...
  • Rush Limbaugh Show,M-F,12NOONPM-3PM,EST,WOR AM,February 9,2017

    02/09/2017 8:55:48 AM PST · by Biggirl · 66 replies
    The EIB Network ^ | February 9, 2017 | Rush Limbaugh
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  • French school pupils ranked 'worst at maths' in all of EU

    11/29/2016 4:31:01 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 20 replies
    TheLocal.fr ^ | 29 Nov 2016 15:44 GMT+01:00
    French school children have seriously under performed in an international maths and science testing, according to a new report. […] The study, carried out by education research group TIMSS, revealed that French 10-year-olds were bottom of the class in Europe when it comes to maths, and second last to Cyprus in science. In math, the French students finished the test with an average score of 488, below the EU average of 527 (the international average was weighted at 500). Some 13 percent of these French children didn’t reach the score of 400, a fact the Education Minister said showed that...
  • How A War Hero Launched A War On Bad Math Instruction

    08/21/2016 8:59:32 AM PDT · by Lorianne · 26 replies
    Federalist, the ^ | 15 August 2015 | Nakonia Hayes
    In 1990, the Navajo students of Window Rock High School in Fort Defiance, Arizona, asked the author of their calculus book, John Saxon, to be their graduation speaker. The class sponsor had suggested the governor as their speaker, but the students wanted Saxon. A story in The Arizona Republic explained, “At this high school, as at thousands of other schools around the country, Saxon’s name is spoken with reverence by pupils who credit him with changing completely their views about math.” Arnell Yazzie, president of the senior class, said he and others taking calculus had lobbied for Saxon’s selection. “He...
  • The STEM Education Challenge

    07/26/2016 11:08:51 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 55 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | July 26, 2016 | Allen West
    (Editors’ note: This column is co-authored by Chris MacFarland)New, robust partnerships between the public and private sectors are needed today to attract and educate the young scientists, technologists, engineers and mathematicians for tomorrow.A stem is the main trunk of a plant, and STEM — short for Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics — is the main trunk of our economy.A plant that gets too little water will fail to grow. Unfortunately, that’s also what’s happening to STEM education in our country today.We’re simply failing to attract and educate a sufficient number of young scientists, technologists, engineers and mathematicians. Demand for these...
  • White House Sponsoring Anti-Gender Stereotypes Conference

    04/10/2016 4:08:33 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 14 replies
    MRC TV ^ | April 6, 2016 10:19am ET | Ashley Rae Goldenberg
    The White House will be holding a conference to encourage toy companies and the media to “break down gender stereotypes” because not enough girls are choosing to pursue careers in STEM fields. The one-day conference, sponsored by the White House Council on Women and Girls, the Department of Education, and the Media, Diversity & Social Change Initiative at the University of Southern California will try to address the “gender gaps in our workforce.” According to the White House, it is a tremendous problem that only 29 percent of those in some of the “highest-paying, most in-demand” STEM fields are women....
  • Is algebra an unnecessary stumbling block in US schools?

    03/28/2016 5:07:09 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 232 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Mar. 27, 2016 1:06 PM EDT | Karen Matthews
    Who needs algebra? That question muttered by many a frustrated student over the years has become a vigorous debate among American educators, sparked by a provocative new book that argues required algebra has become an unnecessary stumbling block that forces millions to drop out of high school or college. “One out of 5 young Americans does not graduate from high school. This is one of the worst records in the developed world. Why? The chief academic reason is they failed ninth-grade algebra,” said political scientist Andrew Hacker, author of “The Math Myth and Other STEM Delusions.” Hacker, a professor emeritus...
  • Is a Different Kind of Silicon Valley Possible? [Diversity BS]

    03/25/2016 10:04:17 AM PDT · by C19fan · 6 replies
    The Atlantic ^ | March 24, 2016 | Gillian B. White
    Downtown, sprawling factories are constant reminders of this city’s past life. A few decades ago these massive buildings were owned by tobacco companies and bustling with blue-collar workers. After the tobacco business contracted in the second half of the 20th century, and factory jobs disappeared or were relocated, the buildings—and much of Durham’s downtown—were abandoned.
  • Female Researcher: We Must Make STEM Courses ‘Less Competitive’ to Be More ‘Inclusive’ of Women

    03/23/2016 7:01:02 AM PDT · by C19fan · 75 replies
    National Review ^ | March 22, 2016 | Katherine Timpf
    A doctoral candidate at the University of North Dakota published a paper suggesting that we should make Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) courses more “inclusive” of women by making then “less competitive,” which is about the most sexist thing I’ve ever heard. “There is an opportunity for STEM courses to reduce the perception of courses as difficult and unfriendly through language use in the syllabi, and also as a guide for how to use less competitive teaching methods and grading profiles that could improve the experience of female students,” Laura Parson wrote in the paper.
  • Clinton Foundation Hires H-1B Guest Workers in Place of American Graduates

    03/11/2016 6:02:18 AM PST · by C19fan · 9 replies
    Breitbart ^ | March 10, 2016 | Neil Munro
    The Clinton family charities have outsourced many U.S. white-collar jobs to foreign college graduates instead of hiring American college graduates. The outsourcing started in 2004 and it continues to this year. When asked if the foundation is still hiring foreign white-collar workers via the controversial H-1B visa program, Vena Cooper, one of the foundation’s personnel officers, responded “We do.”