Superman and STEM
Newsroom: Innovation in the News
By: FC Expert Blogger Eileen Sweeney
November 29, 2010
With the buzz surrounding Davis Guggenheim's Waiting for Superman film and the recent launch of President Obama's Change the Equation initiative, education once again comes to the forefront of the national agenda. Just one year after the administration unveiled the Educate to Innovate campaign, this new flurry of attention is a great opportunity to gauge the progress our country is making to close the learning gap in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) subjects and to examine how we can move the education agenda forward. Read Full ArticleTeaching for America
The New York Times
By: Thomas L. Friedman
November 20, 2010
When I came to Washington in 1988, the cold war was ending and the hot beat was national security and the State Department. If I were a cub reporter today, I’d still want to be covering the epicenter of national security — but that would be the Education Department. President Obama got this one exactly right when he said that whoever “out-educates us today is going to out-compete us tomorrow.” The bad news is that for years now we’ve been getting out-educated. The good news is that cities, states and the federal government are all fighting back. But have no illusions. We’re in a hole. Read Full ArticleObama: Our best scientists are helping the economy
By: David Jackson
November 17, 2010
President Obama awarded science and technology medals today, and said the work of the winners also has important economic implications for the United States.
Improved math and science education will help the U.S. create the new products and forge the new industries needed to compete with other nations in the global economy.
"It's absolutely essential to our future," Obama said. Read Full ArticleDuncan: Education System Must 'Reward Excellence'
The Wall Street Journal
By: Sudeep Reddy
November 16, 2010
Education Secretary Arne Duncan asked business executives to pressure policymakers at every level of government to improve an education system that is falling behind the rest of the world.
The U.S., in a single generation, fell from first in the world in college graduates to ninth, Duncan told The Wall Street Journal's CEO Council. Too many students are dropping out of high school, he said. And in math and science education, at least 20 countries beat the U.S.
"We're simply not producing the citizens, the workers, that you guys need," Duncan said. "We have not had enough passion, enough push from the business community, and your collective voice is extraordinarily powerful." Read Full ArticleA Conversation With The New NSF Director
Host: Ira Flatow
November 12, 2010
Subra Suresh, former dean of engineering at MIT, was sworn in last month as director of the National Science Foundation, which doles out billions of dollars for basic research each year. Suresh talks about his priorities and how the NSF's budget is likely to fare with the new Congress. Read Full ArticleYour Child Left Behind
By: Amanda Ripley
December 2010 Magazine
For years, poor performance by students in America relative to those in other countries has been explained away as a consequence of our nationwide diversity. But what if you looked more closely, breaking down our results by state and searching not for an average, but for excellence?
Imagine for a moment that a rich, innovative company is looking to draft the best and brightest high-school grads from across the globe without regard to geography. Let’s say this company’s recruiter has a round-the-world plane ticket and just a few weeks to scout for talent. Where should he go? Read Full ArticleDrawing our best math and science minds into the classroom
The Washington Post
By: Jim Simons
November 8, 2010
Fifty-three years ago Americans were shocked by the launch of Sputnik. Convinced that the Soviet success was rooted in a sophisticated level of scientific enterprise and its application to defense, we initiated a massive effort to catch up.
A cornerstone of this was the National Defense Education Act, designed to radically expand America's cadre of high-level scientists and engineers. In 1961, I was the first person in the United States to complete a doctorate under its auspices, one of about 300 PhDs in mathematics earned here that year. Read Full ArticleIntel's Andy Grove on manufacturing in America
By: Brooke Crothers
November 5, 2010
Among the scores of fabless chip companies and product design houses in Silicon Valley, Intel is a standout. It's an American high-tech company that not only creates but builds some of the most sophisticated tech products in the world here. That contrasts with others, like Apple and Hewlett-Packard, that consign virtually all product manufacturing and assembly abroad.
Last week, I asked Intel co-founder Andy Grove how the chipmaker became one of the last, great high-tech manufacturing giants in the U.S. and why many Silicon Valley icons haven't done the same. Grove was Intel's chairman from May 1997 to May 2005 and served as chief executive from 1987 to 1998.
Intel's manufacturing strategy was underscored by a recent announcement to invest as much as $8 billion in new factories and facilities in the U.S. That's in addition to the roughly $34 billion it has already invested in its U.S. factories, including investment in a joint flash chip manufacturing venture with Micron Technology. Read Full ArticleArne Duncan: Education can be bipartisan
By: Kendra Marr
November 3, 2010
Education Secretary Arne Duncan is upbeat
Despite waking up to a political landscape now dominated by Republicans, Duncan – one of a handful of Obama administration cabinet members who actively campaigned for several Democrats – believes that education reform can be the great bipartisan issue, uniting the two feuding parties. Read Full ArticleHow to Make an Engineering Culture
The New York Times – Bits Blog
By: Steve Lohr
November 1, 2010
James Dyson, the British industrial designer, is best known for the innovative, high-performance appliances that bear the family name — cyclonic vacuum cleaners with powerful suction and fans that generate a breeze without blades.
But the silver-haired, 63-year-old billionaire has more than the Dyson products on his mind lately. Mr. Dyson is an adviser to Prime Minister David Cameron on how to accelerate Britain’s development of new technology and build up its manufacturing and export prowess. Read Full Article