Tag: STEM

Indian Students Outnumber Chinese for First Time in English-Speaking Countries

In recent years, China has been the largest source of international students in the United States. This year, however, the situation has changed dramatically, with India becoming the most common country of origin for international students. According to the D.C.-based Chronicle of Higher Education, U.S. consulates worldwide issued nearly 282,000 F-1 visas between May and…


Australian Education Ministers Discuss How to Address the Teacher Shortage Crisis

Australia’s state, territory, and federal education ministers met in Canberra to discuss issues causing teachers to leave the occupation in droves, including pay and workloads, and how governments can support new and mid-career professionals transition into the classroom. Representatives of teachers from every state and territory were given a platform to bring up issues and…


‘Faddish’ Maths Teaching Is a Disservice to Australian Students, Researchers Say

“Faddish” maths teaching practices are harming students’ learning and leading to education failure, three researchers have declared. In a new paper, “Myths That Undermine Maths Teaching,” published by the Centre of Independent Studies, Sarah Powell, Elizabeth Hughes, and Corey Peltier said this meant maths learning wasn’t optimised. “Myths have become so commonplace because teachers are regularly…


Australian Boys Are Falling Behind in School NAPLAN Results Reveal

Boys are falling behind girls in every category of literacy and numeracy at every school level, according to the 2021 NAPLAN results. The worst performing category overall was in Year 9 writing, with one-in-five boys (23.4 percent) failing to meet the minimum national standards (band 6), compared to the one-in-ten of girls (11.9 percent). More girls…


Who Benefits From the Dumbing Down of American Education? China

Commentary Planning, according to the American author Alan Lakein, involves “bringing the future into the present so that you can do something about it now.” If you want to buy a new house in five years, it helps to start saving today. To have a thriving economy going forward, it helps to have well-trained, highly-skilled…


California Postpones New Social Justice Math Framework

The California Board of Education voted unanimously to postpone a new mathematics framework that incorporates ethnic and social justice studies after critics argued it would “de-mathematize math.” The board postponed the Mathematics Curriculum Framework—a document guiding how teachers should implement the state’s math standards—during its July 13 meeting, following a letter signed by 468 higher educators and business leaders in the fields of science,…


The Chinese Regime Versus the US, and the Battle for Scientific Dominance

Commentary According to Joe Augustyn, a decorated veteran of the CIA, when graduate students from China come to the United States, officials in Beijing brief them before they depart, and brief them “when they come back.” This makes the U.S. Embassy and Consulates recent decision to reject the visa applications of 500 STEM students, all of whom were graduate students, a wise one. After all,…


More Than 500 Chinese STEM Students Denied Visa to the US

More than 500 Chinese STEM students’ visa applications to study at major American universities were recently rejected by the U.S. government over security concerns, Chinese media reported. The news sparked debate on Chinese social media and netizens claim that most of the student visa applicants are from Chinese universities that have ties to the Chinese…


‘Exceptional’ Orange County Teacher Named Finalist for Presidential Award

An Irvine, Calif. math teacher is in the running for the “highest level of recognition” for STEM educators. Woodbridge High School teacher Kristie Donavan is among three California math teachers named finalists for the 2021 Presidential Awards for excellence in mathematics and science teaching. “Kristie Donavan is an exceptional mathematics teacher who is beloved by her…