This assignment is only open to those who participated in Assignment 1.
Listen to the Science Friday podcast on STEM education. During President Obama’s inauguration speech, he indicated that there was a need to increase scientific productivity in our country. The podcast deals with Science Technology Engineering and Math educaton. The panel debates the issues of quality, quantity, diversity, immigration, inspiration, opportunity and security within the STEM fields. As many foreign students come to obtain higher education in these fields, many also return to their country of origin for better financial outlooks. As an undergraduate, I was told that the era of Sputnik scientists was approaching retirement. At the same time, the economy was robust, so many of my peers left STEM education to pursue more lucrative fields associated with economics and business. This seemed like a good idea until the economy soured across the last decade. The podcast indicates that STEM education can also supply individuals with the proper skill sets to enter these fields.
Please address how you feel about the need for STEM education and people going into these fields.
- Try to focus on the economics and the creation of jobs based on technology fields. Indicate specific arguments from the panel that you agree with.
- JFK created a goal of reaching the Moon by the end of a decade. This was actually achieved and generated a flood of innovation. Do you feel that some far reaching goal is needed to inspire us to invest in these fields?
- A science teacher on the panel indicates how people change their outlooks and way of acquiring information. We all begin as scientists. As we develop, we learn to associate various phenomena around us in a deductive manner. Eventually, our culture allows us to learn inductively. Address how the economics behind education is or isn’t incentivized in the appropriate way to bring about enhanced education.
Assignment due May 12.
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