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Trump Calls for Vocational Ed Expansion in State of the Union
Education Dive
President Donald Trump called for more vocational education during his State of the Union address Tuesday night. " Let us open great vocational schools so our future workers can learn a craft and realize their full potential," he said. It was the lone explicit reference to education in the speech, tied to the need for greater investment in workforce development and job training. The call comes amid Senate committee hearings on Higher Education Act reauthorization, and it's an area of focus for U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos in both K-12 and higher ed. Continue reading here.  
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STEAM not STEM: Why Scientists Need Arts Training
The Conversation
In 1959, the British physicist and novelist C.P. Snow delivered a famously controversial lecture at Cambridge University. He described a post-war schism between two groups - scientists and the literary world. Snow identified this as a newly emergent divide, across which each party was more than happy to sneer at the other: Scientists proudly unable to quote a phrase of Shakespeare, and literary types untroubled by the second law of thermodynamics. Read more here.  
Why Don't STEM Majors Vote As Much As Others?
There's no shortage of talk about the need to get more students to go into STEM majors. But a growing body of research, including our own at the Institute for Democracy and Higher Education at Tufts University, indicates there might also be a need to get more STEM majors to go to the polls. Continue reading here. 
Why Colleges Must Change How They Teach Calculus
The Conversation
Math departments fail too many calculus students and do not adequately prepare those they pass. That is the message heard from engineering colleges across the country. Calculus has often been viewed as a tool for screening who should be allowed into engineering programs. But it appears to be failing in that regard, too. That is, it is preventing students who should be proceeding from going on, and it is letting students through who do not have the mathematical preparation that they need. Continue reading here.
STEM in the States:
Rebuilding Puerto Rico May Help Improve Science Education  
Learning English
Many people in Puerto Rico, a United States territory, are still suffering the effects of two powerful hurricanes that hit the island last year. Hurricane Irma struck in early September, followed shortly thereafter by Hurricane Maria. The back-to-back storms left at least 64 people dead and caused widespread destruction. Officials in Puerto Rico estimate the storms caused up to $95 billion in damage. Electricity was knocked out across the island. About 45 percent of power customers remain in the dark. Water and sewer systems were also badly damaged, causing shortages of drinking water and increasing risks of disease. Continue reading here.
Around the Community:
USNA Best Practices for DoD STEM Outreach Workshop
United States Naval Academy  
The United States Naval Academy STEM Center for Education and Outreach, in collaboration with the Department of Defense DoDSTEM Program, presents "Best Practices for STEM Outreach", a workshop for DoD scientists and engineers. The workshop will be held on March 12-13, 2018 at the U.S. Naval Academy in Annapolis, MD. Read more and register here. 
Leading US Community Colleges Adding App Development with Swift Curriculum
Apple today announced the App Development with Swift curriculum will now be offered in more than 30 community colleges across the country in the 2017-2018 school year, providing opportunities to millions of students to build apps that will prepare them for careers in software development and information technology.  The Austin Community College District (ACC), one of the nation's largest higher learning institutions, will begin offering the course to its 74,000 students this fall. Continue reading here.  
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