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 is a vital part of any school system, both public or private. Students all across this country have various skills and traits. Not every student will peruse an academic or "white collar" career. Many students will seek out a hands-on problem solving trade: welding, plumbing, HVAC, Electrical, Auto-CAD (Computer Aided Drafting). Sadly today many who want to seek out hands-on trades do not have a school district that can adequately provide them with the courses needed to foster the required entry level skills to obtain a hands-on career.
As an both a technology teacher and residential electrician I have seen countless young men and women who need to develop their hands-on problem solving skills; and it is essential that we as a nation have our schools providing a Technology Education program.
The need for skilled workers in this country will increase as we progress into the 21st century. In the late 90s early 2000s our school districts made a drastic mistake and began shifting away from project based hands-on technology education courses. Now 13 years into the 21st century we (including myself as both as a technology teacher and electrician) are seeing a lack of skilled young Americans and no more "white collar" office type jobs left, and many of these young adults are seeking to find sound classes/ and programs to teach them the essential hands-on skills needed so they can find employment.
We have a skills gap in this country which will only grow larger and continue to cause devastation to our national economy, unless we STOP, LOOK, AND LISTEN to what our CHILDREN NEED!
Studying technology and engineering allows students to apply science and math to real world applications. Science and math can not physically exist without technology! Engineering allows science and math to evolve to solve future problems. Not keeping T&E would be absolutely foolish.
We need to keep up with a very fast changing world.
Lisa Pignataro3 weeks ago Business or Institution: Robert M. Finley Middle School
joseph wild5 months ago Business or Institution: -
Jeffrey Butler5 months ago Business or Institution: Wappingers Central School District
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