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Is Medical School a Million Dollar Mistake?

Dan Lambert | Posted 02.14.2015 | Education
Dan Lambert

The path to being a doctor is not only expensive, it also requires dedication as well as the sacrifice of time, deferring a high quality of life to many, many, years after most other professions.

Mr. President, What About Me?

Joana Godinho | Posted 02.08.2015 | Politics
Joana Godinho

I have been in America nearly a decade, and always with a legal immigration status. However, it didn't take me long to figure out that somewhere along the way core American values -- family, hard work, honesty, integrity -- were no longer the guiding principles of its immigration policy.

Obama Writes His First Line Of Code

The Huffington Post | Damon Beres | Posted 12.09.2014 | Technology

Obama became the first president in U.S. history to write a line of code Monday.

The Art School Brand: Something in the Way We Teach

Stephen Beal | Posted 02.03.2015 | College
Stephen Beal

While business has been focused on brand building for some time, it has been only in the past decade that colleges and universities have put significant thought and effort into clarifying and refining their brands.

4 Things I Tell My Kids About STEM (As Recalled By My First-Grader)

Heather Robinett | Posted 02.04.2015 | Parents
Heather Robinett

I explained to my first-grader that I was thinking about the main points I cover whenever I gush about STEM, and I asked her if she could tell me. What was getting through to her? It was a test more for me than it was for her. I felt if my message hadn't gotten through to her, I probably needed to refine it. Here's what she told me.

Attracting Students to STEM

Dr. Dustin Swanger | Posted 02.04.2015 | Education
Dr. Dustin Swanger

Our country is not producing enough graduates from STEM programs to fuel the innovation economy. India is far outpacing the United States in engineering graduates.

Collaboration Sets a Woman's Path to a STEM Career

Paula Golden | Posted 02.03.2015 | Education
Paula Golden

It remains highly likely that without dismantling a part of our traditional pedagogical structure, and the assumptions that support it, teenage girls will continue to shy away from STEM.

A New Year, a Bolder and Better E-Rate

Jessica Rosenworcel | Posted 02.02.2015 | Technology
Jessica Rosenworcel

Before our students file out of their classrooms and head home for the holidays, the FCC should act. Because it is within our means to choose a future where all American kids have access to digital age learning, no matter who they are, where they live, or where they go to school.

Getting School Discipline Right by Attending to "Non-Cognitive" Skills

Elaine Weiss | Posted 01.31.2015 | Education
Elaine Weiss

The shift toward restorative justice and similarly supports-based disciplinary policies is encouraging. We must build on that momentum to make nurturing non-cognitive skills a core component of policy, rather than the afterthought it currently is.

The Real Reason Girls Don't Like to Code

Lisa Abeyta | Posted 01.26.2015 | Technology
Lisa Abeyta

I don't believe that girls are turned off by STEM because it's hard or simply because girls think they're bad at math. Girls aren't wimps or wilting flowers; they don't shrink from challenges just because something isn't a strength. We, as a culture, just aren't doing a very good job of selling tech to girls.

Solving the "STEM Paradox" With the Global STEM Alliance

Jeanne Beliveau-Dunn | Posted 01.24.2015 | Technology
Jeanne Beliveau-Dunn

Earlier this year, U.S. News & World Report released its STEM Index of the United States. It revealed that student aptitude for and interest in science, technology, engineering and math has been essentially flat for more than a decade, at the same time that the need for STEM skills continues to grow.

Crisis and Opportunity

George Sanchez | Posted 01.18.2015 | Latino Voices
George Sanchez

Google and other tech giants know that to increase the diversity of their workforces, they will have to root out and eliminate the hidden biases and prejudices that shape their hiring practices and work environments. But they cannot graduate more minority engineers to enlarge the pool of talent.

The New Classroom Is the PlayRoom

Laurie Schacht | Posted 01.17.2015 | Parents
Laurie Schacht

Earlier this year, I wrote that STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) toys would be taking over the aisles this holiday season. As we head into the prime holiday buying time, we see toys that teach these core curriculum topics arriving in a big way.

Give the Gift of STEM Skills for the Holidays

Jamie Davis Smith | Posted 01.16.2015 | Parents
Jamie Davis Smith

The possibilities for gifts for little ones this holiday season are endless. While some gifts will undoubtedly be long sought-after and pure fun, the holiday season is great time to get your children interested in activities that promote learning, particularly in the ever-growing fields of STEM.

Women in STEM: Progress, Asymptote, and Equality

Marvi Matos | Posted 01.13.2015 | Science
Marvi Matos

Today, in United States we face very limited progress towards the inclusion of women in fields such as Mathematics, Computer Science, and Engineering.

The Day the Music Died

Yohuru Williams | Posted 01.12.2015 | Education
Yohuru Williams

Even as the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame makes its home in the city of Cleveland, the measure before the board may literally cut the musical heart out of Ohio's public schools.

The 4-Year Versus 2-Year Degree Debate: Myths, Stereotypes and Realities of Today's Higher Education Landscape

Felix W. Ortiz III | Posted 01.05.2015 | College
Felix W. Ortiz III

From the perspective of our global leaders, job seekers must be supplied with the most direct, straightforward career pathways coupled with the rudimentary resources and tools needed at all junctures of education, degree and certification, employment, and onward.

Bridging the Science Gap

Maureen Seaberg | Posted 01.05.2015 | Education
Maureen Seaberg

'The United States is lagging behind the rest of the world in science and mathematics. It is not because of a lack of raw talent. The U.S. educational system has become so focused on assessment that it has lost the trees in the forest.'

Invest in New York's Children

Anthony Figliola | Posted 01.04.2015 | New York
Anthony Figliola

It's vital that New Yorker's not let the chance to expand our children's horizons and secure our country's future slip by. The New York Bonds for School Technology Act is a creative first step and deserves the voter's attention.

Building A Foundation For Success For Black Boys And Men: Start Early, Start Strong

Ingrid Ellerbe | Posted 11.10.2014 | Black Voices
Ingrid Ellerbe

There is a silent but growing rate of scholastic genocide among young men of color. And while there are positive trends in funding programs that can positively impact the lives of these kids, the majority of them don't address real solid education -- and they don't address them early enough.

Defining 21st Century Success: Are You Expert 2.0 or Hero 2.0?

Dr. Layla McCay | Posted 01.02.2015 | Impact
Dr. Layla McCay

I want to be clear: I'm not 100 years old. But when the twelve year old girl sitting next to me at the Broadcom Masters awards started talking about what to do with Raspberry Pi, the first answer that came to my mind was: "eat it?" No.

Texas Hackers to Fight Ebola, Fire and Water Contamination With African SMS

Maya Horgan | Posted 12.30.2014 | Impact
Maya Horgan

Your mobile phone can save a thousand lives. And now, through Developers Doing Development, Michael Henderson and Scott Akers are using SMS automation to combat issues of infrastructure and disease.

Higher Ed Is Getting STEAM-y

Josh Stephens | Posted 12.29.2014 | College
Josh Stephens

I love the arts. Sure, they've never cured cancer or delivered my groceries. But they have never wreaked havoc with the climate or threatened to vaporize a city either. I'm glad that the nation's arbiters of education have finally discovered. But I also love every other discipline.

Encourage –- Don't Discourage –- STEM Dreams

Alexandria McCuien | Posted 12.27.2014 | Technology
Alexandria McCuien

I'm where I am today because my family, friends and teachers nurtured my interests. I was never discouraged. I was encouraged every step of the way.

My STEM Story: Lessons in Denial

Deborah J. Levine | Posted 12.21.2014 | Technology
Deborah J. Levine

It's not surprising that many women steer away from STEM degrees or STEM careers. Or that many women who start STEM degrees drop out. Or that numbers for career women in technology industry are dismal. A good start in addressing the invisible STEM women might be to reject the explanation of lacking confidence.