Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Shaping our destiny

 Finally warm enough to head outside!

 Jen '08 and Imani, Zali, and Peter '10 all visited today.
President Obama promoted study of STEM topics (science, technology, engineering, math) in his State of the Union last night.

We have made the investment in science at Parker  - and in STEM.  It really starts in Pre K:  exploring materials and states of matter, building with a huge variety of materials, collections of outdoors treasures... Inquiry and experimentation - asking questions - are the main focus.  Having a science teacher in the elementary years as we do is unusual in schools.

We have 4 alumni visiting today.  Peter has done so well in biology as a freshman that his teacher gave him the labs to perform independently and he took the Regent Exam this week.  These students are motivated questioners.  Just what the president ordered.

"We are the first nation to be founded for the sake of an idea—the idea that each of us deserves the chance to shape our own destiny. That's why centuries of pioneers and immigrants have risked everything to come here. It's why our students don't just memorize equations, but answer questions like 'What do you think of that idea? What would you change about the world?' "

Education Week talks about it further.

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