Support Technology & Engineering Education For All NYS Students.
The New York State Technology and Engineering Educators Association (NYSTEEA) recommends the following policy actions to better prepare students in New York State for college and career readiness.
1. Preserve the current Technology Education New York State middle school mandate.
2. Adopt a commencement (9-12) level unit of credit requirement or substitution option for Technology Education.
3. Increase the number of certified Technology Education teachers through incentives such as college tuition grants for students pursuing Technology Education teaching certification.
4. Establish an institutional commitment by the New York State Education Department (NYSED) to the "Engineering by Design©" pre-K-12 curricula and related professional development consortium requirements.
5. Adopt the International Technology and Engineering Educators Association's (ITEEA) Standards for Technological Literacy- a "common core" for Technology Education.
6. Re-authorize the N.Y.S. "Engineers of the Future" grant/law and the "Excelsior Scholars" grant/law to support statewide professional development for Technology Education.
7. Adopt the national Assessment of Educational Performance (NAEP) assessment for Technology and Engineering Literacy (planned for national implementation by 2014).
8. Establish a realistic and valid STEM Pathway that includes Technology and Engineering Education.
It would be foolish and short sighted to remove Technology Education from the Middle School. We live in a technologically advanced world. To have only a cursory knowledge of what this means, leaves students without an appreciation for the goods and services that we have come to expect in our modern world. Life as we know it, just doesn't happen. Everyone should understand the possibilities and limitations of technology, and as the climate changes it is imperative that this message is clear and loud.
Technology and Engineering takes skilled people, time, space, tools and materials, it is not a flash in the pan.
Technology Education must be a requirement, not an elective unsupported option for ALL students. Students need to experience the true role of a "hands-on" robust curriculum that exposes students to tools, machinery, and processes beyond the limitations of what a computer or simulation provides. Students need to be directly involved in a personal experience of what the current global economy is really producing to make products for society. This includes older methodologies, hand tools, and equipment as well as the most current production tools and equipment to remain more self reliant in actual production of practical items for everyday living. Technology Education labs that involve students' work with real tools, machines, and a wide variety of materials needs to part of their background, not just scientific theory or mathematical exercise. The application of these disciplines needs to be delivered by educators with a wide depth of experience in the industrial as well as cross-disciplinary content areas. Students need to gain a far better grasp of the impacts of what current technological trends of the past, current and future challenges have made in the evolution of technology advances in a global based society. This curriculum offering needs to be more than just a minimal exposure of one course of limited lab of computer simulation, but a real world immersion of concrete experiences with tools, specialized equipment and processes used in diverse technologically based professionals.
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