Opening Gateways to Learning & Careers
May 23, 2018
Government agencies, business groups, and policymakers continue to prioritize support for the STEM fields. But K-12 educators note that these fields present many places where kids can get stuck—from weak instruction in the early grades to traditional calculus classes in high school and college. Even the end goal, improved employment outcomes, remains murky. In this special report, Education Week takes a closer look at these STEM gateways, searching out ones that offer new avenues—like hands-on preparation for advanced manufacturing—and the efforts to break down longstanding barriers, like remedial algebra.
- College & Workforce Readiness Reviving the Manufacturing Sector, Starting in Middle SchoolDeveloped by business groups and educators, the competition helps prepare students for a reborn, higher-skilled field.College & Workforce Readiness Retooled Courses Help Students Avoid a Remedial-Math Roadblock to CollegeToo often, students who dream of a college degree fall into the "black hole" of remedial math. Now there's a path out.Curriculum From Our Research Center Calculus Is the Peak of High School Math. Maybe It's Time to Change ThatThe class doesn't predict future success well and disparities in it are legion. What about elevating statistics instead?Science Early-Grades Science: The First Key STEM OpportunityEarly exposure is crucial, but finding teachers with strong preparation remains challenging.Mathematics Chart: Which STEM Jobs Will Be In Demand and How Much Do They Pay?This data breakdown looks at the staffing needs in certain STEM fields, how much particular jobs pay, and what level of education is required for those jobs.Families & the Community To Hook Students on STEM, Start With Their ParentsAccording to new research, parents are an untapped resource in promoting STEM motivation, writes one psychology professor.Science Why the Gender Disparity in STEM Isn't as Bad as You ThinkEfforts to increase girls’ STEM participation may be focusing on the wrong problem, write researchers David C. Geary and Gijsbert Stoet.