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ERIC Number: ED512137
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2008-Jul
Pages: 6
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: N/A
Secondary STEM Education: "Designed by Apple in California, Assembled in China". The Progress of Education Reform. Volume 9, Number 4
Zinth, Kyle
Education Commission of the States (NJ3)
America's advantage has historically been its people's creativity, flexibility and entrepreneurship. But just as painters need to be proficient in technique and theory to produce great masterpieces, the next generation of Americans will likely require a solid grounding in mathematics and science for their creativity to be maximized in a world increasingly dependent on technological advances for prosperity and security. The challenge is not to simply increase the number of students graduating with college degrees in the STEM fields; it is to lift the overall understanding of science, technology, engineering and mathematics among the rest of the population as well. As the majority of Americans do not earn a postsecondary degree, it is essential that students be given this solid grounding during the elementary and secondary years. While establishing the expectation that all students complete challenging mathematics and science coursework is a good step, it cannot be the only step. This issue offers suggestions for policymakers. This issue also features two papers: (1) What Policymakers Need to Know About the Cost of Implementing Lab-Based Science Course Requirements (Mike Griffith); and (2) The Preparation Gap: Teacher Education for Middle School Mathematics in Six Countries (William Schmidt, Maria Teresa Tatto, Kiril Bankov, Sigrid Blomeke, Tenoch Cedillo, Leland Cogan, Shin Il Han, Richard Houang, Feng Jui Hsieh, Lynn Paine, Marcella Santillan and John Schwille). A list of resources is included. (Contains 6 endnotes.)
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Publication Type: Collected Works - Serial; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Grade 4; Grade 8; Middle Schools; Secondary Education
Audience: Policymakers
Language: English
Sponsor: GE Foundation
Authoring Institution: Education Commission of the States
Identifiers - Location: Bulgaria; California; China; Germany; Mexico; South Korea; Taiwan; United States
Identifiers - Assessments and Surveys: Program for International Student Assessment