STEM

STEM is an acronym for science, technology, engineering, mathematics.  STEM fields is typically used in order to address curriculum choices and educational policy from pre-k to college to improve the nations competitiveness and technological development.  There are specific subjects within STEM that are the foundation for a broad range of careers in the future.  The main STEM subjects are Biology, Chemistry, Mathematics, and Physics.  It isnt easy to tell how the curriculum taught in school will help one reach a higher education, employment opportunities, or fields of scientific endeavor. These STEM subjects are important for your future career plans and are rather indispensable when talking about STEM.

About 20% of all jobs now are in the STEM field  with half of those positions are available to workers without a bachelors degree.  STEM jobs that don’t require a 4 year degree pay about $53,000 on average, and about 10 percent higher than non-STEM jobs available to people with similar education backgrounds.  Even with a 4 year degree or more, STEM jobs will pay on average more than other jobs will for people with the same background as well.STEM chart

 

 

MOOCS

MOOC, or Massive Open Online Course, is a recently new educational feature that provides a provides a completely different angle to look about the school system.  All the years kids have been sitting in class and listening to the teachers ramble on the topic being discussed but what MOOC is offering is a completely new and unorthodox teaching method.   If MOOC is put in to effect everywhere it will absolutely change everything about learning but the question is if it will change higher education.  France is encouraging its universities to build MOOCs to eventually have a full online university (Kolowich).  They have high aspirations of this program to benefit them and to change higher education itself but obviously there are disadvantages.  I feel that if universities and high-schools all go online and electronic, no one will actually learn anything, ask questions, be motivated to do anything.  That is a fear that people should consider if this is taken in to full effect. In terms of if it will change higher education its uncertain how MOOC will play out, there has been people describing it as revolutionary and others disruptive (Booker).  “As Coursera co-founder Andrew Ng is fond of pointing out, the MOOC has collected more educational data in one year than all the universities in the history of mankind” (Booker).  As an open online course it should have unlimited data offered to the students who attend but that being said, the aspect of teaching must be implemented to a higher degree that can be capable for a student to learn.

 

Kolowich, S. (n.d.). Vive la Révolution MOOC – Wired Campus – The Chronicle of Higher Education. Home – The Chronicle of Higher Education. Retrieved October 18, 2013, from http://chronicle.com/blogs/wiredcampus/vive-la-revolution-mooc/47099

Booker, E. (n.d.). Will MOOCs Massively Disrupt Higher Education? – Education – Online . InformationWeek | Business Technology News, Reviews and Blogs. Retrieved October 18, 2013, from http://www.informationweek.com/education/online-learning/will-moocs-massively-disrupt-higher-educ/240160674

Fowler, G. (n.d.). An early report card on MOOCs – WSJ.com. The Wall Street Journal – Breaking News, Business, Financial and Economic News, World News & Video – Wall Street Journal – Wsj.com. Retrieved October 18, 2013, from http://online.wsj.com/article/SB1000142405

US and Syria

There are many reasons why the United States did not intervene in Syria’s situation going on right now.  Syria is having a civil war in their land and there may be issues that we(the United States) have concerning our position in the middle of this situation.  Some reasons why we wouldnt intervene is that we dont want to get in between drama in Europe if we dont necessarily have to, if we intervene then maybe other allies of Syria might too causing World War 3 which is the last thing we want to happen.  Going in to Syria gives us no beneficial factor coming out, there is no goal of intervening if were not trying to overthrow Assad.  I think we made the right decision of staying out of this war in Syria, we would have just caused more stir in the middle east.  The only way I see the United States intervening is if the war in Syria makes its way towards Israel and becomes detrimental for them.  Israel is one of our closest allies and if the war in Syria gets to them, then we have a reason to interfere.

 

Eland, I. (n.d.). The U.S. Will Regret Intervention in Syria. Antiwar.com Original Articles . Retrieved October 11, 2013, from http://original.antiwar.com/eland/2013/09/03/the-u-s-will-regret-intervention-in-syria/

Baker, P. (2013, September 6). Obama Falls Short on Wider Backing for Syria Attack. New York Times, p. A1.

Government Shutdown

As you should have heard there is a government shutdown that is upon us right now.  People may have the perception that because the government is shut down, the whole country will be in total chaos but the fact that the government is down only means that Congress could not come up with an agreement on how to fund the government. Each year the House and Senate are supposed to agree on 12 bills to fund the federal agencies and set spending priorities.  But this year Congress could not come up with an agreement or solution to balance the necessities that the government needs to operate and therefore there is a government shutdown upon us.

 

Klein, E. (n.d.). Absolutely everything you need to know about how the government shutdown will work. The Washington Post: National, World & D.C. Area News and Headlines – The Washington Post. Retrieved October 3, 2013, from http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/wonkblog/wp/2013/09/30/absolutely-everything-you-need-to-know-about-how-the-government-shutdown-will-work/

 

Calmes, J. (2013, October 2). Obama Sets Conditions for Talks: Pass Funding and Raise Debt Ceiling. New York Times, p. A21.