Black and Latino students studying STEM fields in college are more likely to leave the major or drop out of college than their white peers, even if their family backgrounds are similar, according to a new study. The data shows that 58% of white students who have declared a STEM major actually graduate with a STEM degree, compared with 43% of Latino and 34% of black STEM majors, respectively.
Students in Louisiana are receiving intensive career training over the summer through the Jump Start Summers Program. The program, which has grown to include 200 students, allows students to earn course credits, industry credentials and more.
Math class at one Pennsylvania junior high school will feel more like a coffee shop next school year as teacher Heather Chisholm makes use of flexible seating, such as couches and large tables, to encourage collaboration. Chisholm says she consulted students on the design and hopes to convert other classrooms to flexible seating, too.
Students at a Brooklyn, N.Y., middle school tapped math, science and teamwork skills to complete a nearly 7-foot-long boat. The project began in the fall and the students recently tested the boat in water along with boats made by peers at other schools.
The 15th You Be the Chemist National Challenge brought 42 middle-school students from around the country to Washington, D.C., where they vied for a $12,000 scholarship. Students in grades six through eight had to answer questions in front of an audience, and getting to the national championship required them to learn advanced concepts in chemistry.
Thirty-nine percent of employees ages 18 to 49 say the shift toward workers staying longer in the workforce is negative, according to a poll by The Associated Press and NORC Center for Public Affairs Research. Thirty percent of workers in the same age group say the shift will be bad for the US economy.
Dogs evolved a special muscle in their faces that allow them to make their eyes appear larger, resulting in puppy-dog eyes that can endear them to humans, according to findings published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. The muscle pulls up the eyebrow area in dogs, but it is not present in wolves, researchers say.
Several educators share their recommendations for books -- other than "To Kill a Mockingbird" -- that address racial injustice. Among the picks was one from high-school librarian Jean Darnell, who recommends Angie Thomas' book, "On the Come Up," which addresses racial disparities in students' discipline at schools.
Large class sizes can make it difficult for teachers to provide individual support for chronically "off-task" students who may have more complex needs, according to Kimberly Lenters, associate professor of education at the University of Calgary. In this commentary, she shares the story of how one student who appeared disengaged was actually not.
Teachers can make time for post-exam review to help advance students' learning, according to Kendal Rolley, English coordinator of a bilingual K-12 school in Hanoi, Vietnam. In this commentary, he shares several strategies to help make the review effective, including asking students to use positive language during the review process.