One thing that would help children's achievement across the board in the US is to get the street gangs and drug traffickers out of our schools. There has been large volumes of words said on this issue and the problem has gotten worse, not better. Why is this?
@prabhakar_deosthali you nicely summarize what our government should do to make education more technology oriented. We not only need good role models but also more lucrative, for example easy to get funds for research and less bureaucratic.
@Tvotapka, this is not a bad trait in general for one to know more than just one's immediate field of expertise or study but i think what you want to convey is that the student's interest and focus is very negligible on the Science and Technology. I blame education system and immediate surrounding. Until and unless there is a good promotion and incentive to work hard, the chances that young generation will come up in Science are slim.
Oh and by the way, FIRST has had such great success with this program on a high school level, organizers have expanded the program to include the middle school bracket with a Lego League variation on the idea. Run a Google on it when you get a chance and you'll see what I mean.
You raise an excellent point, and there are many aspects to this:
Confront - the ability to face something without flinching.
Responsibility - the willingness and ability to confront intentions and counter-intentions of others.
Ethics - the willingness to make decisions and actions based on the greatest good for the greatest number of dynamics.
When a parent finds it amusing that her son lacks self-determination and motiviation, she's not confronting. When a youngster seems apathetic toward a career choice (or even a hobby for that matter), he's either been invalidated too many times to or has taken a loss on a failure and now feels less willing to try. If you think about it, there's a good chance this has happened to most of the people you know in school, in business and everywhere else.
I've been involved with at least 5 regional FIRST events on Long Island. I can tell you first hand the kids who do participate experience a dramatic change in their viewpoints toward science and technology. For one thing, they blow through any false data they have that suggested it couldn't be enjoyable. More importantly though, they overcome 3 primary barriers to study:
1. Lack of Mass
2. Gradient is Too Steep
3. Misunderstood Words or Symbols
FIRST works so well because the program is so hands on, and because it helps team members understand the purpose of each component they work with.
The best way to attract the kids to the Science and technology is to have much attractive rewards for them to learn, and also huge rewards to the achievers in those field. Tke kids get attracted to the Baeball players or the Football players or the Hollywood actors or those F! drivers , because they see these people earning huge amount of money, fame and enjoying rich life style. Whereas the people pursuing Science/Technology or maths are potrayed as simple living, sometimes eccentric people. This mindset is in parents also. We have to portray Science and technology as a career with a lot of glamour, a lot of rewards and a way to a decent lifestyle. Then and then only the parents & kids will get motivated to choose this as their career. Once a choice is made the necesary hard work is done automatically to achieve your goals.
To embrace Science and technology amoung the younger generation will call for sober reflection and humility and a willingness to learn in all our schools children.
I totally agree with you Kunmi. Passion and willingness to learn are absolute must in school childrens. If students start understanding the concept of maths and science willingness to explore more comes automatically. Congratulation to Kamen for taking up this task of fostering enthusiasm in science and technology in children.
I absolutely agreed with you. The bulk of the problems are not from this children. I met a mom and her grade 11 student in a physicians office one day and someone was asking the young man what he will be specializing on in the college. You may be surprized that he had no clue of what his life aspiration is. The so called mom was cracking up " I guess he will know when he gets to final year". I just noded that they have a long way to go. How many students are out there without a strong, clear headed and true guidance/parents. It is painful that we have a lot of network of problems that are killing the morales of the younger generation. Outsourcing of jobs is like outsourcing the future strength of the coming generation. Teen pregancy is allowed in high schools: what a policy that burries talent and potential to do better in life? Looking at it at the granular level, the current generation (adults) need to wake up to the truth because of our self-centeredness and the grid for fame and profit. We need to make a u-turn in order to help our young ones.
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