Andrew Shauver2 months ago
This is a nice piece and...
I am tentatively supportive.
The last thing we need (which seems to be a risk of projects like these) is someone at one of the variety of grant-donors to decide that we need to check the progress of these STEM initiatives by giving our kids more tests.
If we want to see an increase in real STEM education quality (by the spirit of it, not the letter), the STEM initiatives must provide students opportunities to use STEM to model problems, make errors, collaborate, be creative.
All of these things have fallen off in the culture of testing that we have created and continue to perpetuate. Does President Obama see us needing an improvement in STEM? How about relaxing the testing and content standard requirements... open up the STEM curricula and let the students explore the world the STEM has to offer.
I've written about this stuff before. Check it out here:
(Not that I think that you'll necessarily care to read my stuff, but if you should decide you want more background on where I'm coming from.)