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A global model for STEM education
The Huffington Post
The United States has long been a global leader in innovation and entrepreneurship. But a 2012 report from the President's Council of Advisors on Science and Technology (PCAST) highlighted a growing problem — we are not on track to maintain this historical preeminence. The reason: Our country's workforce skills gap.
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Play, informal learning cultivate kids' interest in STEM
Scientific American
Informal learning is powerful enough that it’s the centerpiece of some educational programs. At the New York Hall of Science, the late director, Alan J. Friedman, said he wanted to get children out of the classroom and venture into the unknown, without instruction, without help. In helping children understand science by experiencing it firsthand, Dr. Friedman made the subject come to life for thousands of them.
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Mark Andreessen and Laura Arrillega-Andreessen donate $500,000 to support women and minorities in tech
Tech Cocktail
Andreessen Horowitz‘s Marc Andreessen and his wife and philanthropist Laura Arrillaga-Andreessen are donating $500,000 to Code2040, Girls Who Code, and Hack the Hood, USA Today reported. All three nonprofit organizations support diversity in tech through education, internships, mentorship, and events. Code2040 focuses on blacks and Latinos, Girls Who Code focuses on high school girls, and Hack the Hood focuses on low-income youth of color.
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Which are the most educated cities in the US — and why?
By Archita Datta Majumdar
As education policies are being reviewed across the country, a recent survey shows us the most educated cities in the U.S. and their not-so-fortunate counterparts. It presents a clear picture of which states and schools districts have been more focused and whose efforts have paid off. The final picture depicts Ann Arbor, home of University of Michigan, to be the winner. The survey has acted as a wake-up call for many cities and school districts.
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8 questions every candidate should ask during job interviews
Inc.
Earlier this month, Jerome Ternynck was interviewing a prospective designer for his company. The candidate asked, "Who does wireframing for your app, the product team or the design team?" A simple question. But it kicked off a great discussion about our processes and how he could contribute to the team.
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The real problem when it comes to diversity and Asian-Americans
Time
It was 1987 when Virginia Kee, then a 55-year-old a high school teacher in New York’s Chinatown, said the above words. She was one of several Asian-Americans who discussed the perception of their race for TIME’s cover story, “Those Asian-American Whiz Kids.” The cover story would elicit small-scale Asian boycotts of the magazine from those who found offensive the portrait of textbook-clutching, big-glasses brainiacs. To them, the images codified hurtful beliefs that Asians and Asian-Americans were one-dimensional: That they were robots of success, worshippers of the alphabet’s first letter, study mules branded with their signature eyes.
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4 expert tips for fearlessly changing your career
Forbes
Are you considering a major career change in the near future? According to research from the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM), you’re not alone. SHRM reports that about 19 percent of US employees are unsatisfied with their careers. Most employees considering a switch prioritize fair compensation, job security, opportunities to use their skills effectively, and a good relationship with an immediate supervisor.
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The color of money in Silicon Valley
Bloomberg View
Silicon Valley’s most powerful companies released statistics on race and gender in their workforces last summer, largely because Google revealed its own employee data and said that it would strive to be more diverse. The numbers confirmed long-standing suspicions about the culture of tech. White men made up the biggest piece of the worker pie at Apple, Google, Facebook, Twitter, Yahoo, LinkedIn and eBay. But there seemed to be a bright spot in that otherwise grim parade of diversity numbers.
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