ERIC Number: EJ758064
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2006-Sep
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Barking up the Right Tree
Houston, Paul D.
Phi Delta Kappan, v88 n1 p67-69 Sep 2006
The last few years have revealed a growing concern about U.S. global competitiveness, and American schools have been called to account for failing to produce enough engineers and math and science workers to compete in the new global economy. The author argues that the education solutions offered to tackle this problem are too simplistic. Instead of using testing to motivate students to study more math and science, American schools should make these subjects more engaging to students. Because we are entering a new era in which creative and innovative thinkers will dominate, schools need to nourish students' "right brain" or creative thinking skills.
Descriptors: Global Approach, Competition, Thinking Skills, Demand Occupations, Disproportionate Representation, Brain Hemisphere Functions, Creative Thinking, Student Motivation, Mathematics Education, Science Education
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Opinion Papers
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Identifiers - Location: United States