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  • 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 ^ | 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.”
  • Sen. Durbin calls Abbott Labs' IT layoffs 'harsh and insensitive’

    03/07/2016 6:04:07 AM PST · by C19fan · 96 replies
    Computer World ^ | February 29, 2016 | Patrick Thibodeau
    Abbott Labs, a global healthcare company, is laying off about 180 IT employees after signing an agreement with Wipro, a major India-based IT services firm, to take over some IT services. The employees were told about the planned cuts on Feb. 22; their last day will be April 22.
  • Obama launches 'take your child to the lab' week

    02/28/2016 12:26:53 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 27 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Feb 28, 2016 9:26 AM EST | Darlene Superville
    President Barack Obama is launching a version of "take your child to work day" that's focused on America's science laboratories instead of its corporate workspaces. It's part of Obama's effort to encourage young people, especially girls and minorities, to pursue careers in the fields of science, technology, engineering and math. [...] The students, including from communities aligned with Obama's "My Brother's Keeper" initiative, will participate in mentoring sessions, hands-on experiments and other activities. My Brother's Keeper is a public-private initiative started by Obama to help boys and young men of color stay on the right path. The White House Council...
  • Want kids to learn math? START teaching it

    02/27/2016 3:20:58 PM PST · by BruceDeitrickPrice · 33 replies ^ | April 11, 2015 | Bruce Deitrick Price
    Prof. Susan Engel, a psychologist, author and educator, published a controversial article in Bloomberg. The headline was "Want kids to learn math? STOP teaching it." My local paper picked it up and I had a very violent reaction: that is the stupidest thing I have ever seen in a newspaper and, as you know, that covers a lot of ground. Later, when I went to Bloomberg to check on the comments, I was pleased to see many other people reacted as I did. Independent George wrote: 'This is quite possibly the worst educational advice I've ever read. I don't...
  • A Miracle Comes to Linux

    10/27/2015 6:51:01 AM PDT · by ShadowAce · 11 replies
    FOSSForce ^ | 27 October 2015 | Ken Starks
    His name is Morgan, but it hasn’t always been his name. What it was before doesn’t legally matter any longer. What does matter, to us, is the concentric circles by which “Morgan” arrived…came to be. Morgan doesn’t know any better. Many metaphors of consciousness can be applied, but for Morgan, your arguments on his condition fall outside of his realm of concern. Morgan is Morgan, and what Morgan does in the present is all that matters. What might have been his reality, to you, before “the incident,” is simply pabulum to Morgan. To Morgan, you are children trying to complete...
  • 6.5M More Students With Bachelor's Degrees Than Jobs Available

    10/21/2015 11:56:55 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 44 replies
    HNGN: Headlines and Global News ^ | 10/21/2015 | Taylor Tyler
    There are currently 6.5 million more students in the U.S. with bachelor's degrees than there are jobs available that require such degrees, including jobs expected to be created by 2022, according to data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), but the Obama administration is still expanding programs to encourage even more foreign students to stay in the U.S. and work after graduation. There were 35,632,000 Americans age 25-64 with bachelor's degrees in 2014. If you include people age 20-24 and 65 years and older, the number grows to 45,176,000, according to the BLS statistics, reported The Washington Free Beacon....
  • Feds dangle $12,000 bonus to firms that hire foreign students

    10/20/2015 10:32:01 PM PDT · by sparklite2 · 51 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | 10/19/15 | Paul Bedard
    The Department of Homeland Security is readying a plan to expand a program that pays U.S. employers to hire foreign STEM students taught in America, a move that could end up punishing American college grads and even the elderly, according to an immigration think tank. Currently, the program urges companies to hire STEM students for a year. CIS said firms are paid up to $10,000 to participate. The new proposal, said CIS, is to add on another year and $2,000 in bonuses.
  • Looking for a robotics education kit

    09/20/2015 10:07:06 AM PDT · by E. Pluribus Unum · 30 replies
    09/20/2015 | E. Pluribus Unum
    I have been wanting to learn a little bit about robotics. I have been looking at the Lego Mindstorms kit, but they are kind of pricy. I can get a Lego NXT 2.0 Intelligent Brick on eBay for $60. Would that be enough to get started and use other components I salvage elsewhere? What are other good education kits?
  • White House faces tight deadlines for saving STEM program

    09/09/2015 8:26:12 PM PDT · by 11th_VA · 11 replies
    ComputerWorld ^ | Sep 8, 2015 12:57 PM PT | By Patrick Thibodeau
    ... Between today and Oct. 15, DHS needs to reach out to interested parties, finalize the proposed rule, respond to comments, make a final decision, create the final rule, and get White House Office of Management and Budget approval, Miano said. There is an expectation among some immigration attorneys that the White House may seek to broaden the rule and expand it beyond 17 months, an action that Ian Macdonald, an immigration attorney at Greenberg Traurig, said may happen. Macdonald said the U.S. can meet the deadline. "We understand that a new rule will be released in late September or...
  • Students' flow to US rises by 32%

    09/09/2015 9:17:40 AM PDT · by Jyotishi · 13 replies
    The Pioneer ^ | Saturday, September 5, 2015 | S. Rajagopalan
    Washington - There has been an astounding 32 per cent increase this year in the number of students flocking to American universities for higher studies. It is the biggest increase from any single country for the year, although in overall terms, China still tops the table in a big way. Figures just released by the US Student and Exchange Visitor Programme (SEVP) indicate that 149,987 Indian students are currently enrolled in American universities of a total of 1.05 million. Chinese students number 301,532. When it comes to the highly-coveted STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) stream, it is Indian students...
  • The Liberal Arts Are Dead; Long Live STEM

    06/02/2015 10:27:42 AM PDT · by pabianice · 36 replies
    The Federalist ^ | 6/2/15 | Thielman
    In recent months, Christopher Scalia in the Wall Street Journal and Fareed Zakaria in the Washington Post have defended studying the liberal arts in college, primarily to confront advocates of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM). Zakaria’s article previewed his new book, “In Defense of a Liberal Education.” From my perspective as a former engineer, two caveats arise regarding their pleas: first, “liberal” education that involves “critical thinking” disappeared decades ago, to be replaced by hyper-sensitive grievance mongering; second, the quantitative reasoning STEM occupations develops also facilitates the understanding of trade-offs people need to make rational decisions among myriad conflicting...
  • Democrats Seeking Pell Grants for Inmates at the Expense of the Law Abiding

    05/23/2015 8:59:59 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 19 replies
    Red Statements ^ | May 23, 2015 | Steven Ahle
    Six democrats are seeking to grant Pell Grants to inmates in prison. They claim that it will make them desirable applicants to companies when they get out of prison. Hey liberals, believe it or not companies aren’t clamoring for graduates of Stu’s University online even if they haven’t knocked off a bank or raped small children. So, why would these cons be employable? Of course, if they were to take computer classes they might stop mugging senior citizens and join the growing identity theft industry. It’s also important to know that there is not an endless pool of money in...
  • No Panes in Glass Ceiling

    04/20/2015 11:56:37 AM PDT · by Academiadotorg · 5 replies
    Accuracy in Academia ^ | April 17, 2015 | Malcolm A. Kline
    A pair of researchers from Cornell decided to test the theory that there is a bias against women pursuing academic careers in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) and found that there is none. “Results revealed a 2:1 preference for women by faculty of both genders across both math-intensive and non-math-intensive fields, with the single exception of male economists, who showed no gender preference,” Wendy M. Williams and Stephen J. Ceci wrote in an article published this year in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. They surveyed “873 tenure-track faculty (439 male, 434 fmale) from biology, engineering, economics...
  • Indiana Leads the Way in STEM Education

    03/23/2015 3:18:45 PM PDT · by ThethoughtsofGreg · 2 replies
    American Legislator ^ | 3-23-15 | Lindsay Russell
    March 14 was Albert Einstein’s birthday, a scientific legend known worldwide whose name has become synonymous with the word ‘genius.’ How many Einsteins are growing up in America’s public schools today but are hindered from reaching their full potential due to poor education policy? Today, some states are leading the way in improving Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) education to keep this from happening. Indiana, one of America’s highest performing states regarding educational options and student achievement, has prioritized and fostered STEM education for years. Under the leadership of Governor Mike Pence, Indiana has implemented new academic standards at...
  • New wave of Islamic immigration planned for U.S. (Some call it open invitation for jihadists)

    03/22/2015 6:53:18 PM PDT · by Perseverando · 17 replies
    WND ^ | March 22, 2015 | Leo Hohmann
    The number of students graduating with STEM degrees already far exceeds the number of STEM jobs available but powerful interests in the business community are pushing Congress to allow more foreign skilled workers into the country. Congress is considering new immigration laws that would flood the U.S. with “guest workers” from the Middle East and Asia, a plan some are calling an open invitation for jihadists to walk right through America’s front door. Critics say lawmakers – including top Republican leaders – are playing with fire and could jeopardize national security with the proposals to double or even triple...
  • Obama calls for effort to boost high-tech training, hiring

    03/09/2015 5:23:07 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 28 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Mar 9, 2015 8:18 PM EDT | Jim Kuhnhenn
    Targeting stagnant wages in an otherwise improving economy, President Barack Obama on Monday called on employers, educational institutions and local governments to develop a home grown high technology workforce that could help drive up higher-income employment. The effort aims to attack a stubborn downside of the current economic recovery and fill what the White House says is a gaping demand for high-tech workers in the United States. […] Obama has obtained commitments from more than 300 employers as well as local governments in 21 regions of the country to train and hire low-skilled workers for jobs in software development, network...
  • Trigonometry Is Racist!

    02/27/2015 5:35:37 PM PST · by Steelfish · 158 replies
    National Review ^ | February 27, 2015 | KEVIN D. WILLIAMSON
    Trigonometry Is Racist! KEVIN D. WILLIAMSON February 27, 2015 An African-American scholar says that emphasis on STEM education is bad for blacks. Earlier today on Sirius XM Urban View, an African-American talk station, the guest was Daryl Scott, president of the Association for the Study of African American Life and History. The conversation turned to STEM — science, technology, engineering, and math — education, and the origins of the ongoing push to encourage institutions and students to focus on those subjects. Can you guess what happened? In 1983, the guest explained, a commission empaneled by the secretary of education issued...
  • Feeding the STEM Myth

    12/22/2014 8:25:08 AM PST · by Academiadotorg · 65 replies
    Accuracy in Academia ^ | December 18, 2014 | Spencer Irvine
    As we have reported, contrary to current wisdom, studies consistently show that there are more science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) majors than there are STEM jobs. Nevertheless, those with a vested interest in perpetuating the legend not only still claim that there is a STEM major shortage but declare that women are uniquely qualified to fill it. Recently, here in Washington, D.C., at George Washington University, Linda Rosen, CEO of Change the Equation (an organization geared toward more STEM education at the pre-K12 level and above), said, “Employers…are having difficulty finding the STEM talent they need.” For example, she...
  • 50 STEM Majors with the Best Value 2014: Ranked by

    11/10/2014 2:43:36 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 6 replies
    FFN ^ | 11/10/2014
    There’s been much discussion recently over STEM — Science, Technology, Engineering and Math — degrees, a collection of majors that have not only some of the highest-paying related careers, but a positive employment outlook across several industries. For example, a 2014 report from the U.S. Census Bureau shows that many STEM graduates go on to work in industries different from their degree concentration. Yet — collectively — STEM majors enjoy an advantage in today’s economy and are projected to remain in-demand well into the future. A study from Georgetown University’s Center on Education and Workforce noted STEM is projected to...
  • House Committee Votes to Admit More STEM Workers than the Supply of Them

    11/07/2014 1:25:24 PM PST · by ObamahatesPACoal · 29 replies
    The Center for Immigration Studies ^ | July 1, 2013 | David North
    The House of Representatives Judiciary Committee voted last week to admit more high-tech foreign workers in some categories than the annual supply of them. In its eagerness to meet the wishes of the high tech industry — and steal jobs from qualified American workers — the Republican majority on the committee, with the single, commendable exception of Rep. Steve King (R-Iowa), voted to allow as many as 55,000 green cards to be issued annually to aliens with advanced science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) degrees from American universities. It also voted to increase the existing H-1B quota for such workers...
  • STEMming China’s Student Espionage

    10/03/2014 6:54:50 AM PDT · by Academiadotorg · 2 replies
    Accuracy in Academia ^ | October 2, 2014 | Malcolm A. Kline
    When the reasons mount for rethinking cherished academic practices, academia doubles down on those procedures. For example, as the Center for Immigration Studies (CIS) and others have shown, there is no shortage of science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) majors to fill available jobs requiring those skills. Yet and still, academics proclaim that the need is so acute that they need to import STEM majors from abroad. It turns out that, on top of that misconception, some of these foreign students may actually be, well, spies. “The Chinese regime can work spies recruited in college into positions in research, government...
  • Don't Believe President Obama's Hype About An Engineer 'Shortage'

    09/15/2014 3:26:55 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 80 replies
    Forbes ^ | 09/15/2014 | John Tamny
    [SNIP] All of which brings us to the latest popular lament among pundits, politicians, and even some in the business world: the perceived lack of engineers and/or ‘STEM’ (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) graduates. President Obama has said “We need more engineers,” so has Hillary Clinton, and then Lockheed Martin executive Stephanie Hill recently stated that “we’ll lose” if we don’t produce at least 1 million more ‘STEM’ grads. About all the handwringing, readers can relax. Indeed, there’s nothing to this story or alleged shortage. Price signals work. They always do, and they do because one of the underlying purposes...
  • Jeff Sessions criticizes Bill Gates's call for STEM worker visas amid Microsoft layoffs

    07/21/2014 7:07:50 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 42 replies
    The Hill ^ | 07/21/2014 | Ramsey Cox
    Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-Ala.) criticized Microsoft founder Bill Gates for calling on Congress to increase STEM worker visas while the company plans to cut 18,000 jobs next year. “Super billionaires aren’t happy apparently. … They declare we need to import more foreign workers,” Sessions said on the Senate floor Thursday. “Mr. Gates says we need to let more and more people into our country to take those kinds of jobs.” Sessions was referring to an op-ed in which Gates called on the House to pass the bipartisan Senate immigration reform bill. That legislation would increase the number of worker visas...
  • Reform Math Must be Destroyed Root and Branch

    07/04/2014 1:37:17 PM PDT · by BruceDeitrickPrice · 20 replies
    American Thinker ^ | June 10, 2014 | Bruce Deitrick Price
    The Education Establishment went way too far, and this has presented the country with a unique opportunity for real improvement of the public schools. As never before, parents across the United States will tell you emphatically that they hate Common Core, and they especially hate Common Core Math. The Education Establishment will try to maneuver around this revulsion. Compromises will be offered. The same dumb ideas will be repackaged as something new and wonderful. The challenge is to refuse to compromise. Sometimes a good thing, compromise is now the biggest threat to genuine reform. Our Education Establishment has been selling...
  • Diversity Uber Alles

    06/27/2014 7:25:47 AM PDT · by Academiadotorg · 5 replies
    Accuracy in Academia ^ | June 26, 2014 | Malcolm A. Kline
    For academics, diversity is the answer, no matter what the question is. “Making news this past May was the release of employee diversity information at large tech firms, including Google, LinkedIn and Yahoo, which indicated, not that surprisingly, that these Silicon Valley companies employed primarily men (60-70%),” Walter Breau writes on the Academe blog . “The news was more discouraging when the data was disaggregated into tech-related and leadership positions, with the percentage of women dropping even lower.” yahoo tumblr mashable icon “For example, at Yahoo, only 15% of technology and 23% of leadership positions were held by women.” The...
  • Big STEM Inaccuracy

    05/29/2014 6:46:01 AM PDT · by Academiadotorg · 27 replies
    Accuracy in Academia ^ | May 28, 2014 | Malcolm A. Kline
    Throughout America, debates about what to do about the shortage of science, technology, engineering and math graduates have been going on for at least a decade from the halls of Congress to most university campuses. It apparently never occurred to any of the thought leaders who participated in them that they might be mistaken. “The country has twice as many people with STEM degrees as there are STEM jobs,” Steven A. Camarota, director of research at the Center for Immigration Studies (CIS), said at the National Press Club on Tuesday, May 20, 2014. With Karen Zieigler, Camarota co-authored a study...
  • Obama to promote math, tech aid at science fair

    05/27/2014 4:02:56 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 8 replies
    Associated Press ^ | May 27, 2014 3:11 AM EDT
    Aiming to diversify and strengthen the nation’s technological workforce, President Barack Obama is hosting the White House’s annual science fair with an emphasis on the achievements of girls and women and with new initiatives to improve science, technology, engineering and math education. […] The White House says Obama will announce a new $35 million Education Department competition for teacher training programs as part of his goal to train 100,000 educators in science, technology, engineering and math, also known as STEM. …
  • CIS: Nearly 8 Million Stem Degree Holders In U.S. Not Working In Stem Fields

    05/21/2014 11:23:28 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 48 replies
    NUMBERS USA ^ | 05/21/2014
    A new study from the Center for Immigration Studies asks whether or not there is a shortage of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) workers in the United States, and their resounding conclusion is "no". The report released today and written by CIS researchers Steve Camarota and Karen Zeigler found that there are more than 5 million native-born Americans with an undergraduate degree in STEM, but not working in STEM with another 1.2 million degree holders not working at all. Additionally, there are 1.6 million foreign-born residents with an undergraduate degree in STEM that are also not working in STEM...
  • What STEM Shortage? The sector isn’t seeing wage growth and has more graduates than jobs.

    05/20/2014 6:40:33 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 57 replies
    National Review ^ | 05/20/2014 | Steven Camarota
    The idea that we need to allow in more workers with science, technology, engineering, and math (“STEM”) background is an article of faith among American business and political elite. But in a new report, my Center for Immigration Studies colleague Karen Zeigler and I analyze the latest government data and find what other researchers have found: The country has well more than twice as many workers with STEM degrees as there are STEM jobs. Also consistent with other research, we find only modest levels of wage growth for such workers for more than a decade. Both employment and wage data...
  • US Companies need better human resources directors, not foreign high-tech workers

    05/17/2014 11:27:27 AM PDT · by Moseley · 38 replies
    BIZ PAC Review (West Palm Beach, Florida) ^ | May 17, 2014 | Jonathon Moseley
    Problems in hiring high-tech workers at big corporations are driving the push for amnesty in the immigration reform debate. Big businesses say they need to import more foreign workers trained in science, technology, engineering and mathematics because they can’t find U.S. citizens and legal residents to fill the jobs. Democrats will not vote for importing more workers unless they get amnesty for the 11 million to 20 million low-skill undocumented workers. So big donors and political action committees like the U.S. Chamber of Commerce are lighting fires under Republicans to pass immigration reform. But maybe U.S. companies need to hire...
  • Eric Cantor Plots Amnesty Despite Surplus of High-Tech Workers

    05/12/2014 4:39:50 PM PDT · by Moseley · 13 replies
    Fairfax Free Citizen ^ | May 12, 2014 | Jonathon Moseley
    On August 30, 2013, the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers published in its journal Spectrum, “The STEM Crisis Is a Myth.” The IEEE article reports that within the United States – [T]here are more STEM workers than suitable jobs. One study found, for example, that wages for U.S. workers in computer and math fields have largely stagnated since 2000. Even as the Great Recession slowly recedes, STEM workers at every stage of the career pipeline, from freshly minted grads to mid- and late-career Ph.D.s, still struggle to find employment as many companies, including Boeing, IBM, and Symantec, continue to...
  • Educators Fear Paper Military

    04/22/2014 7:32:32 AM PDT · by Academiadotorg · 5 replies
    Accuracy in Academia ^ | April 21, 2014 | Malcolm A. Kline
    With literacy rates among high school graduates ever more of a mystery, educators are worried about…defense spending on education. Never mind that the Department of Defense is one of the few federal agencies experiencing funding cutbacks, anti-military teachers are worried about what is left of the Pentagon’s budget. “In 2010, the most recent year for which data are available, the Department of Defense (DoD) was administering more than a dozen different programs and spending close to $50 million on K-12 outreach targeting the STEM fields of science, technology, engineering, and math,” Seth Kershner writes in Rethinking Schools, “a nonprofit publisher...
  • House Committee Votes to Admit More STEM Workers than the Supply of Them

    04/18/2014 6:00:34 PM PDT · by ObamahatesPACoal · 15 replies
    Center for Immigration Studies ^ | July 1, 2013 | David North
    The House of Representatives Judiciary Committee voted last week to admit more high-tech foreign workers in some categories than the annual supply of them. In its eagerness to meet the wishes of the high tech industry — and steal jobs from qualified American workers — the Republican majority on the committee, with the single, commendable exception of Rep. Steve King (R-Iowa), voted to allow as many as 55,000 green cards to be issued annually to aliens with advanced science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) degrees from American universities.
  • NO shortage of high-tech workers, not enough jobs: Amnesty: Not Just for Low-Skilled Workers?

    02/24/2014 6:07:03 AM PST · by Moseley · 18 replies
    American Thinker ^ | February 24, 2014 | Jonathon Moseley
    Amnesty is being driven, among others, by big businesses claiming they cannot hire enough high-tech professionals. These are (or posture as) major donors to members of Congress. So these businesses are twisting arms on Capitol Hill. The compromise is that Democrats get amnesty for illegal aliens if business gets more high-tech foreign workers. However, in fact, there is no shortage of high-tech professionals in the USA. Businesses do not need immigration reform. On August 30, 2013, the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers published a review of this question in its journal Spectrum, titled "The STEM Crisis Is a Myth."...
  • Future of online teaching and open course ware type classes - your preditcions

    02/04/2014 1:38:28 PM PST · by freedom462 · 60 replies
    I know that dissatisfaction, or rather, deep, deep hatred, for public schools and universities is fairly commonplace around here and the need for massive overhaul in the educational system from kindergarden to the graduate level is one of the top priorities for many Freepers. And so there has been talk about the rise of online educational systems, to use as key examples Open Course Ware, EdX and the Kahn Academy. There has been talk of the extent to which they will replace teachers on other forums and so I figured it was worthy of a separate thread. This is also...
  • 'Big Bang Theory' actress 'fell in love with the neuron' and hopes other girls will, too

    01/31/2014 7:52:45 PM PST · by Bratch · 37 replies
    Lexington Herald-Leader ^ | January 31, 2014 | Peter Baniak
    MOREHEAD — First, I'll admit that I went to see The Big Bang Theory star Mayim Bialik speak at Morehead State primarily because I'm a fan of the show, in all its nerdy glory. But as the actress who plays neurobiologist Amy Farrah Fowler on the CBS comedy spoke to the large, attentive crowd in Morehead's Academic-Athletic Center, I found myself thinking about something other than the popular TV show:I wish my daughter could hear this.Of course, during her lecture, Bialik told the crowd about her experiences in Hollywood, as a child star on the 1990s sitcom Blossom, now as...
  • Experts hail stem cell breakthrough

    01/31/2014 9:05:23 AM PST · by Yollopoliuhqui · 10 replies
    MSN News ^ | 1/30/14 | MSN
    A "revolutionary" new approach to creating stem cells in the laboratory could open up a new era of personalised medicine, it is claimed. Scientists have shown it is possible to reprogramme cells into an embryonic-like state simply by altering their environment. It means in principle that cells can have their developmental clock turned back without directly interfering with their genes - something never achieved before. The cells become "pluripotent", having the potential ability to transform themselves into virtually any kind of tissue in the body, from brain to bone.
  • A Georgia Tech researcher asks: Where are the black students in science, math?

    09/17/2013 6:53:55 PM PDT · by Pan_Yan · 122 replies
    Atlanta Journal Constitution ^ | 9:43 p.m. Monday, Sept. 16, 2013 | Kamau Bobb
    ... 71 percent of the 2,500 black students in APS who took the Mathematics II exam in 2011, failed and only 1 percent, 25 students, passed with distinction (Pass Plus). By contrast, only 21 percent of white students failed with 79 percent passing and 23 percent of those passing with distinction. In Fulton County, where 62 percent of black students failed the Mathematics II exam, 90 percent of the white students passed, 32 percent with distinction. The failure rates and achievement gaps throughout most of the school districts in the metro-Atlanta area are astonishing. The consequence of this reality is...
  • STEM Visas Should Be No-Brainer In Immigration Debate

    08/20/2013 5:24:33 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 26 replies ^ | August 20, 2013 | Eric Telford
    Although the conversation on immigration reform tends to unfold in terms of border security, enforcement of laws, and pathways to citizenship – there is one critical aspect this debate that has failed to break through all of the other noise. Immigration reform could help the economy grow--if done the right way. Instead of getting bogged down in negotiations about amnesty and its various forms, conservatives should drive the conversation toward STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) and H1-B visas. These visas can help bring the world’s best and brightest to America--the kind of people who will start businesses, buy...
  • Stem cells: Living adult tissue transformed back into embryo state

    09/12/2013 12:22:25 AM PDT · by Lonely Bull · 6 replies
    BBC News ^ | 11 September 2013 | James Gallagher
    The living tissue inside an animal has been regressed back into an embryonic state for the first time, Spanish researchers say. They believe it could lead to new ways of repairing the body, for example after a heart attack. However, the study published in the journal Nature, showed the technique led to tumours forming in mice. Stem cell experts said it was a "cool" study, but would need to be much more controlled before leading to therapies.
  • The Talent Gap: Finding Skilled Workers Isn't Easy

    07/25/2013 3:24:17 PM PDT · by Vigilanteman · 44 replies
    Grainger Newsletter ^ | 25 July 2013 | Grainger.Com
    The United States Bureau of Labor Statistics reports a current unemployment rate of around 9%. So how is it with roughly 12.8 million people out of work, there are still so many jobs going unfilled? A recent report by Deloitte for the Manufacturing Institute which was based on a survey of manufacturers, found that as many as 600,000 jobs are going unfilled. “High unemployment is not making it easier to fill positions, particularly in the areas of skilled production and production support,” the Deloitte report found. There is a growing talent gap between skilled jobs in the trades and trained...
  • Stricter standards sought to curb stem-cell confusion

    07/23/2013 10:00:26 PM PDT · by neverdem
    Nature News ^ | 23 July 2013 | Helen Shen
    Initiative aims to clarify description of mesenchymal cells. Pamela Robey is used to being sent samples by scientists who are anxious to know whether the mesenchymal stem cells (MSCs) they have extracted from fat can be coaxed to turn into either bone or cartilage. Robey, who directs the Stem Cell Unit at the US National Institutes of Health (NIH), is also used to delivering bad news to many of those who seek her help. “They usually are not happy,” she says, when her attempts to differentiate the cells produce little more than fatty globules. To Robey, that disappointment reflects a...
  • A Brand New Report Shows Just How Wrong Silicon Valley Is About A Tech Worker Shortage

    06/04/2013 8:04:45 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 65 replies
    Business Insider ^ | 06/04/2013 | Walter Hickey
    A popular meme of the immigration debate has to do with the claim from technology companies that there's a Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) worker shortage in the United States. This is frequently used to bolster the argument that the U.S. should increase the number of temporary visas issued to foreign-born workers in order to fulfill demand in the tech industry for techie talent. A new report from the esteemed Georgetown Center on Education and the Workforce presents a pretty significant rebuttal to that claim. Released on Wednesday, the annual report looks at how new college graduates are faring...
  • Alligator Stem Cells Offer Hope for Tooth Regeneration in Humans

    05/18/2013 2:08:28 PM PDT · by LibWhacker · 17 replies ^ | 5/17/13 | Natali Anderson
    An international team of scientists led by Prof Cheng-Ming Chuong from the University of Southern California has discovered unique cellular and molecular mechanisms behind tooth renewal in American alligators (Alligator mississippiensis).Their findings, published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, pave the way for tooth regeneration in people. “Humans naturally only have two sets of teeth – baby teeth and adult teeth. Ultimately, we want to identify stem cells that can be used as a resource to stimulate tooth renewal in adult humans who have lost teeth. But, to do that, we must first understand how they renew...