Monday, September 14, 2015

ED’s King Laments Uneven STEM Opportunities For K-12 Students.

Liana Heitin writes at the Education Week (9/14) “Curriculum Matters” blog about a recent event on K-12 STEM instruction hosted by the Washington Post, noting that ED special adviser John King took part in “an expert panel on closing education gaps,” asking “what grade the U.S. K-12 education system should get for STEM education.” The piece quotes King describing the disparity in STEM opportunities at schools across the country, saying, “The challenge is there are two grades. In some places, we should get an A, and in some places we should get a D.” King said that “while students in high-income schools are winning Intel competitions, doing college-level research, and creating apps and inventions, many schools with majority African-American populations ‘don’t even offer Algebra 2.”

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