Information Age Education Blog

The goal of IAE is to help improve education at all levels throughout the world. This work is done through the publication of the IAE Blog, the IAE-pedia, the IAE Newsletter, books, and other materials all available free on the Web. For more information, go to http://iae-pedia.org/.

Possible Futures of Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) Education

In December, 2009, the National Science Foundation sponsored a workshop on the future of STEM education.  See http://www.mathcurriculumcenter.org/conferences/stem/index.php. Pay special attention to the "Reflections Papers" article by Sherry Hsi.

Note: In attempting to retrieve this paper on 9/17/2012 I was led to http://www.lawrencehallofscience.org/staff/committees/allhalllearning/2010/BlueSky/Reflection_STEM-BlueSky.pdf. Here is a paragraph from the 2009 paper:

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Being Increasingly Responsible for Your Own Education

Many (most) readers of this IAE Blog entry are able to decide for themselves what they want to learn and how they want to use what they learn. They routinely act as independent, self-motivated, self-directed learners. This is rather amazing, since our educational system is so strongly oriented toward students learning what they are told to learn, using processes and aids provided by teachers, and being assessed by a system that cares little about the specific interests and goals of the students.

In essence, our educational system promotes a form of learned helplessness as contrasted with students being able to make decisions about what they want to learn and how to learn it. See http://iae-pedia.org/Learned_Helplessness.

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Are High Schools Seriously Misleading Our Students?

Well over half of U.S. students graduating from high school have expectations of going on to college. Many of these students are grossly under-prepared to meet college standards.

An 8/18/2010 Wall Street Journal article available at http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424052748703824304575435831555726858.html?KEYWORDS=high+school indicates:

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