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Gender equity program brings women of color into STEM fields Education 

Gender equity program brings women of color into STEM fields

Arizona, United States (Cronkite) – For years, white males have made up the majority of the STEM field. Less than one in ten scientists and engineers who were employed in 2006 were women of color, according to the National Science Foundation. Laila Sarah, the assistant director for the Center of Gender Equity in Science and Technology, wants to increase those numbers. “We have the power to utilize the education system as an advocate for students,” Sarah said. Sarah said many people of color do not receive STEM opportunities early in their education like their white peers do. The center started Read More

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The Gender Dictionary: Him, her, they, we help you understand the difference Education 

The Gender Dictionary: Him, her, they, we help you understand the difference

(LiveSA) – Do you feel lost when people say things like heteronormative or gender dichotomy? Don’t worry, you aren’t the only one. That is why we have put together the Gender Dictionary where we explore the varying aspects of gender and sexuality While some people may not know, there is actually a difference between gender and sex. It important to understand the difference before we go into the details of sexuality. Sex refers to the physical parts that you are born with that make you a male or female. Gender on the other hand is what you choose to identify Read More

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The Evils Of Reading: A Short History of Literacy Education Featured Literature 

The Evils Of Reading: A Short History of Literacy

World (FEE) – It’s Peak Reading Season: too hot to go outside, too lethargic to do much inside, no holidays coming up for a while. Polls and anecdotes are probably telling you that reading is on the decline – people just don’t read like they used to! – but it turns out that depends on what demographic you’re looking at, and it’s a bit embarrassing for the old people shaking their heads over “kids these days.” The modern obsession with reading is just that: a modern obsession. If you’re looking at people over the age of 65, your thought is right. Read More

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Deep Thinking Students Dissatisfied and Disengaged Education 

Deep Thinking Students Dissatisfied and Disengaged

United States (Intellectual Takeout) – Because American parents, teachers, and government leaders value education so highly, they have long impressed its importance upon the minds of their offspring. But the rise of various distractions in recent years – not the least of which is digital entertainment – have caused many to strive to make learning more interesting, active, and fun. In short, Americans want to be sure that education is engaging. So, just how successful have Americans been in making school engaging, particularly to teenagers? That question was recently asked in a study on student engagement produced by The Thomas B. Fordham Read More

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Summer Reading Programs: Teaching Kids To Hate Reading Since 1895 Education Featured 

Summer Reading Programs: Teaching Kids To Hate Reading Since 1895

United States (FEE) – Libraries are ideal examples of local, self-directed learning hubs that support all members of a community in learning naturally, without coercion. Late-nineteenth century steel magnate, Andrew Carnegie, who created many of the first public libraries, stated: “A library outranks any other one thing a community can do to benefit its people. It is a never failing spring in the desert.” This is why I believe that their summer reading programs are beneath them. Teaching Kids to Hate Reading Library summer reading programs, while typically voluntary, follow a “schooling” model of education instead of the “learning” Read More

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Children Are Our Future: Schools Encourage Conformity, Not Learning Education 

Children Are Our Future: Schools Encourage Conformity, Not Learning

United States (Intellectual Takeout) – Over the weekend, I had an interesting chat with a friend about her daughter’s preschool program. She confessed to me that she couldn’t wait until the school year was over, for the preschool program dominated their lives. The schedule, she explained, interfered with other outside learning opportunities. At the same time, one of the main things her daughter was learning in the program was how to line up – perfect for fostering an environment of compulsion, but not for encouraging creativity or an enthusiasm for learning. Unfortunately, this attitude of toeing the line is Read More

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Stop Asking Kids How They Are Doing In School Education 

Stop Asking Kids How They Are Doing In School

World (FEE) – As a rule, I no longer ask school age-children how they’re doing in school. Let me explain why. Recently, my wife and I took a trip to see family and friends, several of whom have school-age children. I noticed that when adults interact with children, one of the first questions they pose is “How are you doing in school?” or some variation (“So, keeping your grades up?”). I also notice that if the child answers that they are anything other really well, the adult responds as if this is a bad thing, “Well, I’m sure you’ll do Read More

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May Madness: School Stress Causing Mental Illness In Children Education Featured 

May Madness: School Stress Causing Mental Illness In Children

World (FEE) – May can be a particularly dangerous month for schoolchildren. According to 13 years of recent data collected on mental health emergency room visits at Connecticut Children’s Mental Health Center in Hartford, May typically has the most. Under Pressure Boston College psychology professor, Peter Gray, looked more closely at this data and found that children’s mental health is directly related to school attendance. Dr. Gray found that children’s psychiatric ER visits drop precipitously in the summer and rise again once school begins. The May spike likely coincides with end-of-school academic and social pressures. The suicide rate among 10 Read More

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