1. Why America’s obsession with STEM education is dangerous, in which Fareed Zakaria argues that we risk dismissing broad-based learning.
First, I don’t think promoting STEM careers and broad-based learning are mutually-exclusive pursuits. Second, this would be the MF (Mobile Forward) quote of the day, if there were such a thing:
Critical thinking is, in the end, the only way to protect American jobs.
(Or substitute with the geography of your choice.)
- improvements to education, to raise awareness about technology and tech careers and counteract negative perceptions
- making the business case for more women in tech, and offering guidance to corporates to help them shift entrenched, male-dominated company cultures
- creating positive narratives and championing rolemodels to combat negative stereotypes, whether in the media or because of a lack of parental awareness about career opportunities for girls in tech
- strengthening female networking and mentoring opportunities
- access to funding to encourage more female entrepreneurs into startups
As the father of a smart young girl, I find #1 (e.g., sharing what I do and that “nerd” is a badge of honor) and #3 (highlighting women who did/do advance technology forward) the most straightforward to talk about day-to-day. But you may have a different view or experience. Email me.