Education Policy & Practice

Archive for the ‘STEM’ Category

President Barack Obama talks with Presidential Awards for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching winners in the State Dining of the White House January 6, 2010. (Official White House Photo by Chuck Kennedy)

First, let’s note the obvious in this photo and then move on — White women.  Where are the men?  Where are the men of color (Call Me Mister)? Where are the women of color?

Now, I understand why, as a nation, we are looking to strengthen our math and science intellectual capital.  I understand the relevance.  However, literacy has been eclipsed, and my fear is that such an unbalanced focus will actually serve to perpetuate the competency gap, particularly among white students and students of color.

I simply fail to recognize how high school students, for example, who are reading on a sixth-grade level will excel in science and mathematics.


Educate to Innovate

Today, President Obama unveiled his “Educate to Innovate” strategy.  This campaign is intended to drastically improve STEM education, particularly math and science education.  The goal: Move the United States to the top in science and math education in the next decade.

In his remarks, President Obama asserted that “we can’t allow division and indifference to imperil our position in the world.”  This sounds very much like the tune of Rev. Al Sharpton and Newt Gingrich, who recently pointed to the need to elevate education “above our differences.”

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Education Policy & Practice

September 2022

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