Teaching and STEM [TWITA]

I’ve had a chance lately to catch up on some of my reading, and I discovered that two of my favorite authors have posted about topics that are near and dear to my heart.  I decided it was time for another edition of TWITA: That’s What I’m Talking About.

Teaching as a Human Trait

A few years ago, I wrote about the recent scientific evidence that teaching might be one of the characteristics that makes humans unique.  It’s clear that other species learn from one another, but the active teaching of novices by those with more experience appears to be something that only humans do.

Well, Carl Zimmer, the very best science writer in all the world right now, wrote a review of some new data that expands on this idea.  I highly recommend it, as it includes some great examples of how difficult it is to define “teaching”.

STEAM is too Hot

Lately, I’ve felt that the endless push for STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) education is misguided.  As a science teacher, I enjoy the extra attention (and funding) that has been directed at my discipline, but I don’t think that it will result in the kind of changes that we need.  Tim Stahmer, who blogs at Assorted Stuff, agrees and his short explanation makes it really easy to understand why.

 

I am working on some more meaty stuff, so check back soon.  But, in the meantime, enjoy these like-minded bits of reading.