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Rachel Lehmann-Haupt

Senior Editor, TED Books, TED Books


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How can we make science, technology, engineering, and math education more fun for kids? Join our live Q&A on February 13th at 3PM Eastern

In "Save Our Science: How to Inspire a New Generation of Scientists," Yale professor Ainissa Ramirez makes an impassioned call for a recommitment to improve science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) education in our schools and throughout our society. She describes what habits we need to change to make STEM fun again, as well as a plan for how to increase every child’s participation in these disciplines.

Ramirez notes that the artist Pablo Picasso once said that all children are born artists and that the trick is to stay that way as an adult. She believes that all children have an inner scientist within them, and we need to get them in touch with their inner scientist again.

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    Feb 13 2013: Why do we associate math and physics with drudgery? And why are women especially afraid of STEM? In your book you explain a fascinating history that explains womens' attitudes.
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      Feb 13 2013: Thanks, Rachel. At one time, girls used to outnumber boys in science and math classes. Back then, science was still taught by rote and not relevant to industry. But, this turned around when we needed science to feed the country and protect it. Then science was viewed as a higher priority and girls we wedged out. Now, girls face the barrier of fitting back in. Largely this is due to environment or they are socialized to think that STEM is not for them.
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      Feb 13 2013: Girls and boys perform the same in STEM it is that girl lack role models to feel that STEM is for them.
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      Feb 13 2013: Science and math became drudgery because they were taught by rote. All the passion was squeezed out so that these topics can be efficiently written about in books and the like. Now we need to write books and teach STEM by putting the passion back in.

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