The Logic of English and STEM Education
Created: Monday, 15 August 2011 00:51
Written by Denise Eide
In July Microsoft, Bank of America, and Nike agreed to invest $3.5 billion to increase the effectiveness of STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) education in our nation's public schools.
The future of these companies and the prosperity of our nation depend upon how well we educate our children and prepare them for jobs in the new economy. Even in the midst of the economic downturn, there are an estimated 3 million unfilled jobs in the U.S. because employers are unable to find qualified employees. (America's Promise Alliance). At the same time unskilled workers are experiencing increasing difficulty in finding employment.
Before investing more money in math and science education, we must consider that 69% of eighth graders read below grade level (National Reading Panel). Poor reading ability limits the ability to excel in all other subjects - even math. The educational crisis begins in our reading classrooms and the solution resides in ensuring that all students learn to read.
Culturally we believe that children learn to read because they love books. In truth, students learn to love books when they learn to read.
Read more ...