Congressman Mike Honda’s Advisory Council Rallies STEM Education Advocates

U.S. Rep. Mike Honda (D-San Jose) met with local education leaders and policy makers to discuss how to encourage growth in the science, technology, engineering and math fields. (File photo)

I applaud Congressman Michael Honda’s recent convening of the STEM Advisory Council, which I attended last Friday at Applied Materials with 60-plus engineers, educators, policy makers and non-profit leaders. We must act now, as more and more firms in the U.S., like Applied Materials, require science, technology, engineering or math degrees to satisfy their employment mandates.

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Bay Area Math Report Deserves Local School Districts’ Consideration

Emmett Carson, executive director of the Silicon Valley Community Foundation, recently released a report on the detrimental affects of delaying basic math classes to local students. (Photo by Chris Graff)

A new study from the Brookings Institution places the metro area of San Jose, Sunnyvale, and Santa Clara as No. 1 in patent filings per capita in America. Certainly, the distinction is reflected in the fabric of our economy and the high price of housing. It would follow somewhat logically that this honor must also demonstrate the effectiveness and innovation in our public schools, especially in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) education. Unfortunately, this is not the case in most schools, districts and classrooms in Silicon Valley.

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Santa, Please Bring Back the Arts

Bill Clinton might be one of the nation’s best examples of someone who was educated to use both their left and right brains.

If I had one request for Santa this holiday season, I would want him to work with each of our 31 school districts—too many, for sure—and make certain they have plans to expand STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) curricular planning to include the Arts.

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