State Calls for Shift in Teaching Approach to Beef Up Math, Science Education
(INDIANAPOLIS) - Indiana's Department of Education wants a change in how schools teach.
The department wants every teacher to be able to take a project-based problem-solving approach to the classroom, in which students learn by figuring out the best way to complete a project or break down a complex process into its components.
The proposed shift is part of a six-year strategic plan to beef up science and math instruction, but department spokesman Adam Baker says the problem-solving approach is applicable across the board, teaching pupils critical thinking skills whether or not they plan to enter the so-called STEM fields -- science, technology, engineering and math.
The department also wants every student to have opportunities to see possible tech careers in person, whether through field trips or school-business partnerships. About a third of Indiana schools offer that now.
State school superintendent Jennifer McCormick has already said she'll ask legislators for 20-million dollars in the new two-year budget to build up so-called STEM education, from drafting a set of best practices to paying for those field trips and speakers.
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