President Obama recently announced the launch of Change the Equation, “a CEO-led effort to dramatically improve education in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM), as part of his “Educate to Innovate” campaign. Change the Equation is a non-profit organization dedicated to mobilizing the business community to improve the quality of STEM education in the United States.”
After reading some of my fellow educators comments on a blog I found at http://blogs.ajc.com/get-schooled-blog/2012/07/18/obama-creates-elite-science-math-teaching-corps-and-seeks-a-billion-to-fund-it/?cxntfid=blogs_get_schooled_blog, they are not seeing this initiative as a positive change. As an educator of technology, of course it would benefit me, however, when I think about the other subjects that do not fall into the STEM category such as reading, what is in it for them. For example, a student must know how to read before he or she can be truly successful in any of the STEM courses. So what reward, incentive, or program is available for those teachers of other subjects?
Education has been a huge debate and issue of concern in the government for many years, and it seems as if no matter what decision a president or other political leader makes, it affects everyone in different ways. What do you think of this decision? Do you think it can benefit education or continue to damage it even more? Check out the video, and leave your comments or concerns.