General Education vs STEM
In the response, provide comments on your classmate’s topic idea and ask a question that prompts your classmate to think more critically about how to explore the research topic in more detail. Each participation post should be a minimum of 75 words.
I am interested in funding for General Education vs STEM in primary and secondary schools as well as illiteracy in adults. I would like to find out more about both subjects.
What interested me about the general education vs the STEM is that I had never heard of the STEM program. I had to look it up to understand what the subject would be about. I have to say that I am curious as to whether there is an actual argument there on which one is better than the other or a reason to have one over the other.
I have run into a few people that seem to be a bit illiterate in the military, or only barely. They have trouble understanding what they are reading, but if you show them what to do they usually get it right. It seems that they have learned that to accept and hold onto any information visibly to make up for the inability to read or write.
I think that it is necessary to be interested in the subject at the very least to try and keep your mind on your subject. If you are not interested, you will lose the drive and it will become a chore to make yourself work on it.
I think that after doing a little research on what STEM is and the idea of this type of learning really interests me and I find it necessary to have trade jobs. I don’t feel that you have to have a college education to have a good job or life, so I will be looking into that subject for my final paper.
There are a great deal of sources, about any subject at, our fingertips in this, digital age, that it is important to ensure that the ones being used are credible. To find this out I need to look at the sources afforded to us on our school library. Considering the credibility of the author of a work is a good way to verify a source as credible, check to see what their background is. Are they well know, searchable, and hopefully credible? Does the source have a publisher? Is the publisher real, from an academic institute or professional organization? Next is to analyze the work itself. Is there citations, references, and research data that is used to back up the work?
I found two articles talking about the STEM education program. The first article is, To be, or not to be: more STEM education funding. This article is discussing the importance of the STEM education program and additional funding being needed to push these programs. However, the writer cautions state educators from concentrating solely on STEM to the detriment of the basic education points. There is still a need for emphasis on reading, writing, and math skills. (Rozgus, 2016)
The second article, STEM intervention programs: funding practices and challenges. This article is quite a bit longer than the first but talks about the restrictions that seem to be inhibiting these professions from being more inclusive for low income, minorities, and women. There are negative impacts due to funding for post-secondary education as university and colleges are depending more on tuition and thus raising their prices creating additional barriers to access. It also talks about how to legitimize the SIP (STEM Intervention Program) in order to secure funding for schools. The article then goes on to inform that the study used to procure the information utilizes qualitative data from 2009 and 2001 (Rincon & George-Jackson, 2016, p. 432). This lends to the legitimacy of the information. There were three results from the data that was found; changes in funding over time, diverse sources of funding, and impact of funding on staffing delivery (Rincon & George-Jackson, 2016, p. 436).
Scholarly sources should be included in our selected topic papers. This will ensure that the information is correct and able to be fact checked by readers, including teachers and peers. This lends credence to the paper and information contained.
Rincon, B. E., & George-Jackson, C. E. (2016). STEM intervention programs: funding practices and challenges. Studies in Higher Education, 41(3), 429-444. https://doi.org/10.1080/03075079.2014.927845
Rozgus, A. (2016, March). To be, or not to be: more STEM education funding. Consulting Specifying Engineer, 53(2), 1-6. Retrieved from http://eds.a.ebscohost.com.proxy-library.ashford.e…