Educational Technology

December 31, 2017

STEM must include focus on literacy, critical thinking as much as hard skills

Filed under: Educational Technology — admin @ 12:30 am

By Roger Riddell, Education Dive
No matter how many extra letters get added to the STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) acronym, the primary takeaway should be the need for equal consideration of all subjects and the importance of critical thinking and literacy across all areas, according to EdTech: Focus on K-12.  Noting the recent inclusion of an “R” for reading alongside the “A” for arts (to create “STREAM”), K-12 education strategist Amy Brown writes that literacy’s importance is just as much (if not more) about being able to write, speak, analyze arguments and communicate effectively than it is about simply being able to read. Additionally, STEM should focus on teaching students to think critically and solve problems, so that they’re adaptable to any situation — a trait that will only become more important in an economy where the fields they enter could be disrupted and many of the jobs they’ll eventually hold don’t even exist yet.

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