Opinion

I studied computer science, not English. I still can’t find a job.

Businesses aren’t looking for college grads, they’re looking for employees who can actually do things-- like build iPhone apps, manage ad campaigns and write convincing marketing copy. I wish I’d been taught how to do those things in school, but my college had something different in mind.

Big Data Education: Why Learning Will Never Be the Same

Technology and data collection in the classroom are a reality, and the field is changing so fast, it’s nearly impossible to predict what kids even a few years from now will accept as part of the norm of their education. It’s yet another example of the ways in which big data is becoming an inextricable part of everyday life. But when it comes to our children’s education, is that a good thing, or a bad thing?

Anti-Government Policies Threaten Future Research and Innovation

Mazzucato -- professor of The Economics of Innovation at Sussex University in the UK -- argues that capitalists are not the visionary risk-takers that free-market economists, the corporate media and politicians would have us believe.  Their focus on maximizing profits actually makes capitalists risk-averse.

It's time for schools to upgrade both technology and pedagogy

As students return to school, it's time to think about absolute necessities like pens, paper, school clothes, a laptop or tablet and, of course, a learning network that enables them to interact with fellow students and teachers.

Where are the women inventors? Right in front of us

Jobs. Zuckerberg. Williams, Glass, Dorsey and Stone -- or should that be @evan, @noah, @jack and @biz? Einstein. Tesla. Logie Baird. These are the names that will live in holographic halls of fame as icons of innovative thought for eons. There is one small, but not insignificant issue, in this Hall of Wonders. Where are the women?

Lessons learned from education fellowship

The Asian countries traditionally have outperformed the United States in standardized testing. Every year, Singapore scores better in math and science, but it is still not satisfied with the results, because it knows it has yet to enjoy a “Steve Jobs moment.” Which is to say, it is still waiting for a revolutionary entrepreneur to emerge from China.

High-Tech Schools With Low-Tech Problems

What this mom found after enrolling her child in an online public school. The achievement problems of online K-12 schools may turn out to be surprisingly low-tech: teachers and families have different roles in a cyber school than in a traditional brick-and-mortar school.

Is Your Government Good Or Bad For Innovation?

After over two decades in business, I am convinced that intrusions by our government literally cost our (very small) companies hundreds of thousands of dollars a year. So why would I even suggest that government could be good for innovation? Well it turns out, there is another side. And if you ask whether government is good or bad for innovation, it isn’t very difficult to argue either point.

Elon Musk's worry about AI should prompt tech-in-education debate

Famous inventor and tech mogul Elon Musk, he of Space X and Tesla Motors, has just cautioned us against the dangers of artificial intelligence. While AI may be dangerous, we should also be worried about the more basic danger of over-reliance on tech.

Opinion: STEM is not powered by STEAM

There is no comparison between the kinds of creative and innovative skills required to succeed at the STEM frontiers of human knowledge, and what passes for creativity and innovation in the arts.  And such differentiation is literally impossible to communicate to people not versed in the mathematically based disciplines.

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.

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