Most with college STEM degrees go to work in other fields
People with bachelor’s degrees in science, technology, engineering and math are more likely than other college graduates to have a job, but most of them don’t work in STEM occupations, according to a U.S. Census Bureau report released Thursday.
Nearly 75 percent of all holders of bachelor’s degrees in STEM disciplines don’t have jobs in STEM occupations, according to a survey that reached 3.5 million homes, said Liana Christin Landivar, a sociologist with the Census Bureau. The bureau’s American Community Survey is the largest household survey in the nation.
About half of those who have degrees related to engineering, computers, math and statistics do get a STEM job, the survey found.
Check out the Census Bureau’s interactive tool
Students are not products. We have a long way to go across the industry in getting everyone on board with protecting students’ [data privacy].
Cameron Evans, Microsoft’s chief technology officer for U.S. education
Community College Students Struggle Most with Student Loan Debt
Students who attend community college are defaulting on their loans more often than those who attend a four-year school. With 70% of students borrowing less than $6,000, this may come as a surprise. However, low graduation rates may explain why so many cannot repay these small amounts.
Only 7% of young-adult families hold $50,000 or more in debt related to education. In contrast, 58% of the same households have less than $10,000 in this type of debt. These are the graduates who have a difficult time finding a job and paying back their loans.
Ryan Lane for US News suggests three points to help students from defaulting on their loans.
Common Core: Putting Students on Paths to 21st-Century Success
This downloadable, shareable, and printable poster has two parts. On the left side, you’ll see six classroom scenes that show a necessary 21st-century skill that teachers are developing through their instruction with the help of the standards. All six of these skills lead to 21st-century success—and can be found embedded in various lessons and activities at every grade level.
The right side of the poster shows where these classroom paths lead: to three top skills that employers say students will need to be college and career ready. (Research shows that college and career readiness is the #1 topic of interest to parents when discussing the standards.) So this poster shows exactly what parents want to see—how teachers are preparing students for 21st-century success.
Mastering the Teaching Game
Coach Groeneveld’s eight principles are the essence of powerful teaching. The teacher walks into a classroom and accepts the reality that the only way to reach students is to know them as individuals. After that, by unfolding layers to access students’ core, the shared goal setting ensues. The teacher knows the content well and can teach “mechanics” in a way that compels attention. But the instructor also realizes that until the young student thinks like a successful student, the mechanics will fall short. And so the educator — the learning architect — assiduously teaches each individual to take responsibility for his or her own game or learning plan. Each success empowers the next success. And these successes belong to the child. Teaching itself is reward enough.
image via flickr:CC | jacqui.brown33
Separate and Unequal
Sixty years after the Supreme Court declared separate schools for black and white children unconstitutional, school segregation is making a comeback. What’s behind the growing racial divide in American schools — and what’s the legacy of Brown v. Board of Education? In part two, Omarina’s Story, FRONTLINE revisits a student who made the most of her “middle school moment”.
55 minutes and worth every one.