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Obama: STEM education a must-have

States must maintain efforts to ramp up U.S. education, competitiveness

Student engagement in STEM education is necessary for the nation's success.

Science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) education is of the utmost importance to all students and is critical to U.S. competitiveness, said President Obama at an April 20 town hall event held on Facebook’s Palo Alto, Calif. campus.

“My name is Barack Obama, and I’m the guy who got Mark to wear a jacket and tie,” Obama said as he introduced himself. He referred to Mark Zuckerberg, Facebook’s CEO, who is known for his casual workplace attire.

Obama was the first sitting head of state to visit Facebook’s brick-and-mortar home and the latest big-name visitor to the tech-savvy region in Northern California that gave rise to social media and the personal computer.

Questions came from pre-screened online submissions or hand-picked Facebook employees, and ranged in topic from the national debt and immigration to education and health care.

“It used to be that the argument around education always revolved around the left saying we just need more money, and the right saying we should just blow up the system because public schools aren’t doing a good job,” Obama said, as the conversation turned to education. “And what you’re now seeing is people recognizing we need both money and reform. It’s not an either-or proposition; it’s a both-and proposition.”

Emphasizing STEM education—especially to girls and minority students–is one of the most important efforts the U.S. can make if it hopes to produce college- and career-ready students, Obama said.

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  1. dcolavita

    April 21, 2011 at 12:01 pm

    I have a passion for videoconferencing in education BECAUSE it can link both teachers and students to experts in areas such as those addressed in STEM. Connecting to the experts can provide increased learning for teachers as well as motivation for students to desire to learn and to embrace the careers which result from STEM learning.

    If your passion falls near mine, you might explore http://www.cilc.org, a not-for-profit organization where educators can find an incredible source of experts who have ALREADY developed programs aligned to science, technology, engineering and math for students as well as professional development for teachers!

    Supporting education through the use of interactive technologies is what we do at CILC.

  2. dcolavita

    April 21, 2011 at 12:01 pm

    I have a passion for videoconferencing in education BECAUSE it can link both teachers and students to experts in areas such as those addressed in STEM. Connecting to the experts can provide increased learning for teachers as well as motivation for students to desire to learn and to embrace the careers which result from STEM learning.

    If your passion falls near mine, you might explore http://www.cilc.org, a not-for-profit organization where educators can find an incredible source of experts who have ALREADY developed programs aligned to science, technology, engineering and math for students as well as professional development for teachers!

    Supporting education through the use of interactive technologies is what we do at CILC.

  3. lcallister1

    April 25, 2011 at 7:45 pm

    President Obama got it right when he said we need to create a culture that encourages participation in STEM. That means supporting teachers with the professional development to create STEM learning experiences that excite and encourage students beginning in the Elementary years. It behooves us to not focus merely on the middle and high school years – but also younger students – to ignite their curiosity and confidence to excel in STEM subjects.

  4. lcallister1

    April 25, 2011 at 7:45 pm

    President Obama got it right when he said we need to create a culture that encourages participation in STEM. That means supporting teachers with the professional development to create STEM learning experiences that excite and encourage students beginning in the Elementary years. It behooves us to not focus merely on the middle and high school years – but also younger students – to ignite their curiosity and confidence to excel in STEM subjects.

  5. mgozaydin

    April 28, 2011 at 11:47 am

    I can smell the Palo Alto and brains of Silicon Valley.
    I am Turkish and graduated from Stanford in 1965. Started working for HP together with Mr. Hewlett and Mr. Packard. First time in the history of HP I thought Basic Language of Time Sharing General Electrics terminals. to engineers of HP in 1965 . I had the Green Card due to lack of engineers at that time in USA. Yuri Gagarin had just gone to space 4-5 years ago . Almost all my education financed by Caltech, Stanford Linear Accelarator, and my MSEE from Stanford again by HP. Therefore I feel deeply indebted to USA and my American friends.

    Today Obama is right to say STEM is the most important issue of USA. Less and less people go to engineering schools in USA.
    Mathematics become boring for K12 students in high schools .
    Solution to better and productive education in the USA is
    1.- National curriculum. Common Core Standard is a good way to start.
    2.- ONLINE for 60,000,000 K12 students and 18.000.000 higher education students.
    ( I made it for 16.000.000 K12 students together with one to one netbook of LENOVA at a price of $ 6 per month installments.

    Education is so expensive even USA cannot afford it. Period.
    ONLINE also should be SHAREED as Obama said in Carnegie Mellon University 8 months ago .

    SHARE best in the world K12 contents as much as possible.
    SHARE all online courses of USA universities with other universities in the USA even in the world. It is self financing.
    Sorry, contrary to Mr. Obama
    Yes money is important but not a MUST
    Important thing is VISION.

    Mr. Obama has that.
    He said it 8 months ago SHARE SHARE SHARE
    Now I share his vision of SHARE . Please you do too .

  6. mgozaydin

    April 28, 2011 at 11:47 am

    I can smell the Palo Alto and brains of Silicon Valley.
    I am Turkish and graduated from Stanford in 1965. Started working for HP together with Mr. Hewlett and Mr. Packard. First time in the history of HP I thought Basic Language of Time Sharing General Electrics terminals. to engineers of HP in 1965 . I had the Green Card due to lack of engineers at that time in USA. Yuri Gagarin had just gone to space 4-5 years ago . Almost all my education financed by Caltech, Stanford Linear Accelarator, and my MSEE from Stanford again by HP. Therefore I feel deeply indebted to USA and my American friends.

    Today Obama is right to say STEM is the most important issue of USA. Less and less people go to engineering schools in USA.
    Mathematics become boring for K12 students in high schools .
    Solution to better and productive education in the USA is
    1.- National curriculum. Common Core Standard is a good way to start.
    2.- ONLINE for 60,000,000 K12 students and 18.000.000 higher education students.
    ( I made it for 16.000.000 K12 students together with one to one netbook of LENOVA at a price of $ 6 per month installments.

    Education is so expensive even USA cannot afford it. Period.
    ONLINE also should be SHAREED as Obama said in Carnegie Mellon University 8 months ago .

    SHARE best in the world K12 contents as much as possible.
    SHARE all online courses of USA universities with other universities in the USA even in the world. It is self financing.
    Sorry, contrary to Mr. Obama
    Yes money is important but not a MUST
    Important thing is VISION.

    Mr. Obama has that.
    He said it 8 months ago SHARE SHARE SHARE
    Now I share his vision of SHARE . Please you do too .


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