Helping STEM take root: Engaging the minds of students
from The Huffington Post
There's a lot of talk about finding ways to get more students interested in science, math, engineering and technology — or STEM, as it's usually known. It's become a national imperative, including calls for improvement from President Barack Obama and at every level of our education system. But we ignore at our peril a problem that goes beyond the sciences and straight to the heart of how we teach kids in our nation's schools, according to Harriet Sanford, president and CEO of the NEA Foundation. Far too often, we simply don't capture students' imagination and help them connect what they do in the classroom with the world around them. To use a non-science metaphor, we give students nouns in the classroom when they're looking for verbs.
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