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Proof points: Education official sounds alarm bell about high school classes

A study found that in 2019, high schoolers were taking more rigorous courses, such as physics and calculus - but during that same period, 12th grade achievement fell, a sign that students aren’t mastering foundational basics.... Read more»

Analysis

Another million adults ‘have stepped off the path to the middle class’

A sharp decline in the number of Americans going to college - down nearly a million since the start of the pandemic and by nearly 3 million over the last decade - could alter American society for the worse, even as economic rivals such as China vastly increase university enrollment.... Read more»

To the moon: Young girls learn from astronaut, scientist Jessica Meir

More than 50 young women recently had the opportunity to learn from and ask questions of NASA astronaut Jessica Meir during a virtual event held by the industry group Transportation YOU. ... Read more»

Mexico set to become world leader in automation tech

While most of the world outside Mexico has largely focused on the sensational topics of drug violence and “migrant caravans” in recent decades, NASA and the private sector have kept a keen eye on what Mexican engineers have been achieving in labs across the country. ... Read more»

First nationwide look at racial breakdown of career education confirms deep divides

Statistics released as part of new federal data on student enrollment in career and technical programs help paint a picture of a system in which Black and Hispanic students benefit less often from classes connected to higher-paying careers and college degrees than their white peers.... Read more»

Ice cream & puppets: Arts grant funds Arizona family's mobile theater

With help from a grant from the Arizona Commission on the Arts, Stacey Gordon - the puppeteer behind one of “Sesame Street’s” neighbors and owner and operator of Puppet Pie, a downtown studio where she builds puppets available for purchase - Gordon is restoring and modifying an ice cream truck to be used as a mobile puppet studio.... Read more»

Analysis

Can patriotism and criticism coexist in social studies?

Americans argued over what to teach children about U.S. history since at least Reconstruction, the turbulent period that followed the Civil War, but as the nation has splintered along political and geographic lines, the fights have intensified and compounded the challenges facing social studies education.... Read more»

Rural schools face challenges in teaching STEM

Less than 10 percent of students at 174 rural charter and public schools passed the math section of the AzMERIT test last year, according to the Arizona Department of Education.... Read more»

Guest opinion

Spirit of volunteerism is alive and well

As we mark National Volunteer Week, April 12-18, the spirit of volunteerism is alive and well across the country.... Read more»

Phoenix gains in tech jobs, but still lags other cities

A national economic development expert says the Phoenix metro area shows promise when it comes to attracting science and tech jobs. A new Brookings Institution report ranks Phoenix 50th nationally in full-time workers employed by “advanced industries” out of 100 metro areas. ... Read more»

Az college leaders tout STEM at White House meeting

Hundreds of college leaders from across the country – and at least four from Arizona – reviewed hundreds of different programs at the second White House College Opportunity Summit. They included Michael Crow of ASU, Brian Mueller of Grand Canyon University, and Lee Lambert, chancellor of Pima Community College.... Read more»

Commentary

On the offense for the liberal arts

Commentary: A liberal arts education needs no defending since the benefits are self-evident. So the following assertion of the importance of the liberal arts is not a defense, it's an offense.... Read more»

Graphic: Where America's most-skilled foreign workers come from

Every year, the US lets in 65,000 of the world's top-skilled workers. Here's where they come from and what they do.... Read more»1