Opinion

How to diversify STEM workforce?

Are complaints about a lack of qualified Americans to fill science, technology, engineering and mathematics jobs misplaced? According to recent Census Bureau data (which shows that only one in four STEM degree holders is in a STEM job) and civil rights leader Jesse Jackson, whose Rainbow PUSH Coalition is spearheading an initiative to get more qualified minorities into Silicon Valley, they certainly are.

STEM Job Readiness A Useful Distraction

It was announced last week that Microsoft, the tech giant, plans to eliminate 18,000 jobs. That has rankled many in the anti-common core movement because Bill Gates, Microsoft founder, has been out there promoting Common Core ostensibly because we need more STEM workers for companies like his.

Can We Have Too Many STEM Workers?

Anyone who cares about the U.S. students studying for STEM degrees has to be shocked and alarmed that already, one-third to one-half of new IT jobs are filled by guestworkers. What will happen if industry gets its way and the number of H-1B workers from abroad doubles or triples, while other temporary and permanent visa categories are also expanded to appease tech companies?

The key to more women in technology? Men.

I’ve read much, and listened to many debate the reasons why we don’t see more women in the technology field. The solution is likely multivariate, yet I feel there is one key theme that isn’t getting the attention it should. Namely, men need to take responsibility to create a culture of inclusion for women in the tech space.

Hype over Census Bureau STEM report is overblown

The Census Bureau defines STEM professions as engineers, mathematicians and statisticians, computer workers and scientists. Quite bizarrely, it leaves out doctors, business executives and financiers, and science and math instructors -- professions that are embedded deeply in math and science. Yet it defines STEM majors broadly, including social sciences and psychology.

STEM is important but not a silver bullet

STEM education will do a lot. It will not, however, make its graduates immune to business failures, economic cycles, competitive threats or new technologies that replace old, as well as the occupational upheavals that come with them.

Is Government Funding Of The Sciences Irrelevant?

This week the White House launched a new high tech job training initiative for veterans. Vice President Joe Biden announced the plan and on Tuesday the White House provided details on its blog.

Why you can't engineer creativity with "innovation districts"

These twenty-first century idea-factories have the potential to revitalize neglected neighborhoods, deliver sustainable development, and encourage civic engagement according to their promoters; they might even repair the atomization of our modern, digitized lives. But is crowding a bunch of people into a few city blocks really the way to make creative sparks fly?

For the Love of Classroom Tech

The western world now has the first aging generation of a digital period where vast quantities of information flow at an enormous rate. As this wave of data streams through the channels of the cyber-universe, teachers and students alike are being challenged to better understand these tools while serving their students' in the best direction possible.

Why is STEM Still a Four-Letter Word for Women? Seven Leaders Weigh In

Are women really less naturally inept at technical work? Or are deeply entrenched, nefarious social forces at play? More importantly, what can women do to overcome gender biases and make progress in these fields -- which just so happen to drive an incredible amount of societal progress?

Promoting Innovation: The Economics of Incentives

Over the past several years the U.S. Supreme Court has slowly, but consistently, eroded what is considered patent-eligible, most recently with decisions on software and gene patents. In essence, the universe of patentable innovations has been diminished. And with it, the country’s economic potential.

This is educational ‘innovation’?

Yes, the OECD is measuring innovation in education. There are, of course, innovation metrics for evaluating businesses, but schools aren’t businesses and shouldn’t be operated as if they were. So what exactly constitutes “innovation” in the educational world as viewed by the OECD?

Technology and Graduation Rate: A Direct Correlation

Having in-classroom technology more directly impacts the graduation rate by providing customized learning experiences. A student who needs extra help on a particular topic need not hold up the entire class, or feel embarrassed asking for that help, when there are computer modules and tablet apps available for individual learning experiences.

Rethinking STeM Education

The reason I opted for a lowercase 'e' in the acronym that is commonly used for science, technology, engineering, and mathematics education (or STEM for short) is that engineering is the one subject that is so commonly neglected in every talk about preparing future STEM workers.

Ed-Tech CEOs Speak Out

The leaders of three ed-tech companies talk about the challenges of working with K-12 schools and how they expect to see the marketplace evolve in the future.

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