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Topic: True STEM Preparation?
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GS Chandy

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Re: True STEM Preparation?
Posted: Sep 18, 2012 12:11 AM
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Wayne Bishop posted Sep 16, 2012 9:30 AM:
>For the uninitiated, STEM, means Science, Technology, >Engineering,and Mathematics with a strong national push >for properly educating many more US students to be competitive in these areas and, of necessity, the teachers to meet that need.

>Focus on the essential mathematics, careful reading, and >science courses? How simplistic; that's what Legos are for. Crossfile under, "some things that are impossible to make up" and "some things that are impossible to parody".


On once again looking carefully through that item pointed to by Wayne Bishop, "Forest Heights eighth-grader plans free Lego robotics camp for STEM education", I am moved to ask again:

Just what is found in that item that's contrary to the values that Dr Bishop claims he wants to promote in schools: "Focus on the essential mathematics, careful reading, and science courses"???

In what way does that eighth-grader's remarkable, quite sizable and, in my opinion, MOST laudable initiative to get his fellow students interested in, say, robotics, work against Dr Bishop's claimed values?

I ask the above not at all rhetorically or sarcastically as I really would like to know: I plan to point in my forthcoming workshops to young Michael Ioffe's notable initiative as a worthy instance of exactly the kind of 'learning values' that teachers should strive to inculcate in their students.

("Still Shoveling Away!" - with due apologies to Mr Barry Garelick)

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