North America elementary and junior high schools to have more STEM options

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FAQbala
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North America elementary and junior high schools to have more STEM options

Post by FAQbala » Tue Sep 06, 2016 12:28 pm

Our elementary schools have plenty art programs.
In junior high they still almost only offer food, fashion, art and drama as options.
There are some robotics, science and computer programming in senior high, but too late and not nearly enough in depth and width.
If young kids aren’t introduced to those things in earlier grades, they will have a very difficult time being comfortable with them.

Nowadays technology changes drastically , we can’t predict what current students will need to know in future. All the more reason to find a balance, learning how to generally use technology, develop ability to gain knowledge and grow critical thinking and judgment skills.

CataCluj
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Re: North America elementary and junior high schools to have more STEM options

Post by CataCluj » Mon Sep 12, 2016 4:54 pm

Indeed, arts and sports (or the other way around) seem to be the most important things one should do/practice when young.
Never-mind that it's unlikely to make a living out of them!
Why teach kids useful/interesting things like Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) when it's (apparently) more fun to do sports and arts?
Why care about their or the their countries' future?

How can one get an interest in learning/making/developing Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics if the exposure is so un-coordinated and even late! How can they see it can be a lot of fun?

Coordination of math, science, physics, and other theoretical notions/subjects with actual use (for example how to make a robot draw a triangle) would be much better than just saying: here's your trigonometry; learn it!

It is sad and it will make our kids un-prepared for the good jobs.

Mark my words!

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