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Science is not technology or engineering – the problem of STEM

On Larry Moran’s blog Sandwalk, he criticizes a recent article in the New York Times about the high drop out rate of STEM undergraduates and in specific so-called ‘pre-meds’. His criticism focusses on the misconception what science is and what engineering and technology are.

The new buzzword in science education is STEM: science, technology, engineering, and math. In America, there are dozens of studies on how to improve STEM education at all levels—including universities. Leading scientists have signed on.

Here’s the problem. “Science” is NOT the same as “technology” and not the same as “engineering.” There’s a big difference between learning science and learning how to build things. The purpose of a degree in technology and engineering is obvious—it’s job training. The purpose of a science education is quite different—it’s supposed to teach you how to think critically.

Click here to read the whole article on Sandwalk.

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