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.
Kids may be able to list the starting lineup of the Boston Red Sox, but probably can't name even one contemporary scientist. Some 75 percent of the 2013 Nobel prize winning scientists are United States citizens, and yet they live in virtual anonymity among the general American public.
Your student saying she's interested in engineering creates the opportunity to discuss the range of educational preparation and careers available. So, how can you help your students connect what they're learning now to their future goals, particularly if they're interested in STEM fields?