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July 2, 2021

From the IES Director: To Build a STEM Workforce, We Must Invest in Education Science

Filed under: virtual school — Michael K. Barbour @ 6:03 pm
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Note this blog post from the folks at IES that may be of interest to some readers.

 Institute of Education Sciences

From the IES Director: To Build a STEM Workforce, We Must Invest in Education Science

In a new post in The 74, Director Mark Schneider argues that a bill Congress is considering doesn’t go far enough:

Efforts are underway in Congress to enhance the scientific competitiveness of the nation. These efforts are laudable, but I fear they do not do enough to establish the necessary educational foundation in science, technology, engineering and math, especially for Black and Hispanic youth.

The United States Innovation and Competition Act (USICA), recently passed by the Senate and now being considered in the House of Representatives, would expand the National Science Foundation to include a new Technology and Innovation Directorate. The goal is to advance research and development in key technology areas, including artificial intelligence, semiconductors, quantum computing, advanced communications, biotechnology and advanced energy.

As a major effort to boost the future of American technology, USICA is a good start — but it’s incomplete. Attention to applied education research is missing, meaning the very foundation for so much of the work that USICA will support is weak. As a nation, there is a great deal that we need to learn about how to improve instruction in math and science.

Read the full post.

The Institute of Education Sciences, a part of the U.S. Department of Education, is the nation’s leading source for rigorous, independent education research, evaluation and statistics.
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