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Is Science a Girl Thing?

(48) Comments | Posted July 10, 2012 | 2:27 PM

The European Union recently put out a music video to encourage girls to go into science -- and recalled it after a chorus of complaints. The video was a viral disaster.

The critics who said the video was sexist and superficial had a point. The content looked more...

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Where Are the Science Teachers of Tomorrow?

(2) Comments | Posted June 12, 2012 | 5:46 PM

Leaders from business, nonprofit and government joined together in Chicago last week at the Clinton Global Initiative to find new ways to stimulate economic growth in the United States -- and one of the leading answers was beef up our country's math and science talent.

This time last...

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Adding One Million More for America's Future

(0) Comments | Posted February 28, 2012 | 11:54 AM

When an investor, entrepreneur, teacher, or student hears the word "technology" or "engineering" these days, he or she is increasingly likely to associate the term with an emerging economic power in Asia or a post-industrial European country, rather than the United States. Long regarded as the world's preeminent place to...

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If There's One Thing I've Learned, It Was Taught to Me

(4) Comments | Posted February 12, 2012 | 5:09 PM

In an age when YouTube sensations garner more attention than the hardworking men and women who created the fiber optic network that connects us to the Internet, it's easy to take for granted the unsung heroes who have touched all our lives -- the teachers who laid the foundation in...

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Why America Needs Good Teachers

(1) Comments | Posted January 17, 2012 | 11:02 AM

Everyone who has been inspired by a great teacher to study harder and reach higher knows that teachers are important. Now there is strong data confirming that a good teacher can make a world of difference in a student's life.

A new study authored...

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How Can We Get the American Dream Back for Our Kids?

(8) Comments | Posted December 27, 2011 | 8:50 AM

Earlier this fall, one of Time magazine's covers asked a profound question, "Can you still move up in America?" Likewise, in a special Thanksgiving interview, former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice told CBS's Bob Schieffer that she believes the struggling U.S. public school system is the nation's biggest...

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Giving Thanks for Service, Hope for Next Generation

(0) Comments | Posted November 22, 2011 | 2:02 PM

As families nationwide gather this week to give thanks, perhaps no one group of fellow citizens should be thanked more than the men and women serving in our armed forces. Many military families, however, will have an empty chair at their Thanksgiving table -- an empty chair that serves as...

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Raise (Don't Lower!) the Bar for Math & Science Education

(3) Comments | Posted November 15, 2011 | 2:17 PM

Recently, First Lady Michelle Obama addressed the National Science Foundation (NSF) to announce new steps that will make it easier for women to pursue careers in engineering and the sciences. New initiatives will help women advance their careers in STEM fields -- science, technology, engineering, and math --...

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