Technical, Technology, STEM Education, March 20, 2017

 
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In this issue

  • A Letter From Students: "Make STEM Education Count"
  • "Confronting CTE Stigma" New Report from RCU at MSU
  • Academic Test Mandates Hurt the Need to Train Future Craftsmen
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A Letter From Students: "Make STEM Education Count"

As juniors in high school, we are concerned about our future. Since we have started high school, we have taken on challenging classes in an effort to prepare ourselves for higher education. We all started taking high school level classes in middle school in preparation to take college classes that we are currently enrolled in as high school students.

Our high school requires more STEM courses to graduate than Idaho currently requires for graduation. We have spent hours preparing for and taking "standardized tests;" including, ISAT's, civics exams, biology EOC

 

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"Confronting CTE Stigma," New Report from RCU at MSU

"Confronting the CTE Stigma," is a new report developed from statewide surveys conducted by the Research and Curriculum Unit at Mississippi State University. Julie Jordan, director of the RCU, said studies indicate that Mississippi students in CTE programs graduate from high school at higher rates than their non-CTE peers. Additionally, CTE prepares students for middle-skill level jobs, "an employment niche where growth is expected

 

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Academic Test Mandates Hurt the Need to Train Future Craftsmen

Requiring that high school students spend more hours in classrooms to meet "academic standards" sacrifices, and has clearly impacted, the dire need to give students more opportunity to learn a trade. We're talking producing more carpenters, welders, plumbers, electricians, masons, mechanics, woodworkers, and other skilled craftsmen.

And while we are encouraged by state and federal legislation to enhance

 

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