A Future Role for the US: Teach the Teachers, Worldwide

July 19, 2010 at 9:41 pm 1 comment

Interesting piece from the Computing Community Consortium on the role that STEM researchers in the US could provide the international community.  A major role was to help grow the teaching pool.  There’s a separate section in the report on the growing importance of “deeply digital materials” — the connection between the two pieces here reminds me of our discussion with Dave Patterson here in this blog.

A prevailing sentiment was the urgent need for a “focus on capacity building.” Instead of taking technologies to foreign nations, we need to teach these nations to teach themselves, the envoys reported. Further, they commented that, while STEM education is lacking in the U.S., it is even worse in developing nations. The world currently has an estimated shortage of 10 million teachers, and the science education per capita continues to decrease each year.

via Computing Community Consortium.

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