Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Study: This Generation Not Likely to Study Science or Engineering

Well this is sad but I'm not surprised.

Article: Youth Unlikely To Pursue Science, Technology, Engineering Jobs, Survey Finds

By: Joy Resmovits

In: Huffington Post

On: 1/25/12

Thirty-four percent said they "don't know much about these fields," while a third said "these fields are too challenging." Twenty-eight percent said they weren't "well-prepared in school to seek out a career or further ... [their] education in these fields."

Meanwhile, 47 percent of respondents noted that a lack of innovation "would hurt the U.S. economy" and 80 percent said they'd be interested in courses that would help them "become more inventive and creative."

Joshua Schuler:
"...we found there's a real lack of knowledge in STEM education and the things that motivate young people to go into."

Last week, the President's Council on Jobs and Competitiveness advocated a focus on STEM fields in schools. The paper stressed the need to "start by transforming our education system from preschool through K-12."

Regarding the current federal STEM initiative:

"The GAO report is already being used as partisan ammunition by Rep. John Kline (R-Minn.), chairman of the Education and the Workforce Committee, who commissioned the report. "Taxpayers have seen little evidence that these programs are actually working," Kline said in a statement. “Investing in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics is a worthwhile endeavor -- but pumping billions of dollars into programs that may be duplicative or unproductive is just plain foolish."

Now you see why I think science magnet schools are a good thing. They are allowed to do science differently than regular public schools. It's just too bad there are not more science magnet schools available.

Homeschoolers have flexibility to study subjects more in depth or in different ways such as using a more inquiry based creative thinking using scientific thinking skills way rather than just doing drill and kill memorization of terms for science. Homeschoolers can pick curriculum and books that are interesting and work well with their individual children. Homeschoolers have time to do science competitions and hands on activities, if they can access such opportunities.

Hat Tip: https://twitter.com/#!/gravitaspub">Rebecca Keller of Gravitas Publishing

1 comment:

Susan Silver Dill said...

My 11yo son is going to participate in Starbase out at Ellington Field next month. It emphasizes the STEM educational goals. I think a lot of it is possibly because of too much media involvement.


My 16yo son is looking at going into either Physics or Computer Engineering.

We have a generation of young adults that don't want to do ANYTHING that might make them work... think... exert themselves. It's very sad.