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.
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.
Technology and Engineering education like other disciplines within STEM must be a requirement for students as part of their K-12 education. Our businesses, particularly manufacturing are engaged in global competition. To remain competitive we must develop a globally competitive workforce. Development of that workforce begins in primary education right through until high school graduation. Manufacturers are starving for a trained workforce with a well rounded STEM education. Without equal emphasis being placed on all the STEM disciplines we are doing a disservice to our children, their future and the future of US based manufacturing. The recommendations provided by NYSTEEA go a long way toward placing technology and engineering on equal footing with all the STEM disciplines.
Applying the abstract, preparing students for jobs that are in high need and requiring H1B Visa applicants, increasing our domestic talent pool, are all things we need to do, and AT A STAGE IN DEVELOPMENT THAT FOSTERS CONNECTIONS AND RECEPTIVITY TO RELEVANT INFORMATION. If we do not offer our children the context in which to apply lessons learned for application in engineering and technology related knowledge bases as they learn the information, their schema will be stunted, incomplete, and less likely to propel a talented youth toward technological studies. That can only diminish our economic status as well as our national security.
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