Turning a Vicious Cycle into a Virtuous Circle
The United States today has a problem with STEM education.
For decades now, professional and educational training in the sciences has been declining, resulting in a student population in the USA that is falling behind. According to the Council of Entomology Department Administrators (CEDA), American students in grades K-12 perform below average in both science and mathematics compared with students in other developed nations. Despite the great leaps forward in attention to STEM, today's high school graduate knows less science than his/her counterparts did 30 years ago. The problem is exacerbated in some ethnic minorities. For example, only 3% of African-American students achieve at or above proficiency, compared with an already unacceptably low 23% of Caucasian students. Many teachers, having only been moderately trained in the sciences, do not feel capable or competent educating their students in science.
Working together, we can do better. The opportunities for increasing overall science literacy are many and include:
The President's Prize is a national award for educators who use insects in the classroom. Click here to learn more.
There are some immediate opportunities that you – as educators – can take advantage of to help turn this vicious cycle of lower science scores into a virtuous circle of scientifically-engaged youth becoming the parents, citizens, and educators of tomorrow.
- Look at some of the Lesson Plans on our website and consider incorporating them into your teaching curriculum
- Encourage your students to use insects for a science fair project (they could win $100!).
- Consider running for one of our educator awards, as supported by the Entomological Society of America (ESA)
- Take part in a Teacher Workshop, held annually in conjunction with the ESA Annual Meeting
- Support the Next Generation Science Standards or similarly rigorous scientific standards.
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