New STEM fellowship opportunities for teachers

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

As educational movements go, the focus these days on science, technology, engineering and math — STEM — appeals to educators and business people.

Futurists insist the U.S. is falling behind other countries in educating kids in the STEM fields, to the country's eventual detriment. People interested in equality point out that the STEM professions, which include many high-paying jobs, don't encourage nonwhite people or women to join the job pool.

The crafting of the new Common Core Learning Standards is weighted toward a strong STEM vision as well, with a new emphasis on nonfiction, breaking complex ideas down to reach a conclusion based on evidence, and on shoring up any opinion with facts.

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