It is safe to say that most athletes are perceived as jocks with little to no interest in their education. Academic scandals by student athletes at major colleges only exacerbate this misconception. I can personally attest to this as a student athlete at Boston College. Baltimore Ravens offensive guard John Urschel can hopefully help change this misconception. The burly athlete, who graduated from Penn State with a masters in mathematics in four years, is pursuing a Ph.D in math at MIT.
A friend of mine posted this on Facebook the other day: “I’m glad I’m an underemployed, intellectual artist type. It’s one of the few jobs the robots can’t take.”
Little did she know, however, that that might not longer be true. Artificial Intelligence has been used to create pieces of art and poems, recipes and board games. But recently, for the first time, AI was used to write a screenplay.
It is safe to say that as long as testing has been around, so has cheating. It has become part of education. Cheating is not restricted to American schools, with our overemphasis on testing. In many parts of the world, standardized exams is more high stakes as test scores essentially determines your life options. In an effort to combat and deter cheaters, students taking the Gaoko, a high stakes college entrance exam in China, could face prison time if caught cheating. This is now the law for the more than nine million students who took the test this year. Students who are caught cheating face up to seven years in prison.
Education professions, like many other professions, spend years in school trying to achieve the best degree possible in order to land the best job in the industry. Wages in the education sector ranges from $25,000-$100,000s annually. Forbes recently outlined the best and the worst paying jobs in education. Their list was compiled through the use of BLS Occupational, Employment and Wages data of 2015.
Several landmark US Supreme Court cases have paved the way for educational equality in America. However, this might be the case on paper and not in practice. Brown v. Board of Education ensured that race should not be serve as a barrier to quality education for anyone. However, recent reports prove otherwise. A survey of 50 million students across the country provides evidence that "separate but equal" still exists in schools across the country.
Recently, I've come across two interesting projects happening around the world:
1) Researchers at Stanford have created humanoid robots to explore an abandoned shipwreck off the coast of France. The ship—one of King Louis XIV's fleet—has been neglected because it's so difficult to reach, until now. Using computers, the researchers can control their scuba-diver-shaped robots, send them to the depths of ocean, and collect video and pictures from the once-forgotten wreck.
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The growing emphasis (or overemphasis) on science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) in schools is not restricted to just America. It is a full blow global movement.
A school in Pennsylvania decided they wanted to send their graduating students off with some encouraging words from Adolf Hitler, Joseph Stalin, and ISIS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi in the school's yearbook. This runs counter to the traditional inspirational quotes from guys like Mahatma Gandhi, Martin Luther King, and Mark Twain. Al-Baghdad quote says, “Be just: the unjust never prosper. Be valiant. Keep your word, even to your enemies.”
Some of the more interesting excerpts:
...Sesame Ventures anticipates helping the Workshop to approach digital technology in the same experimental spirit with which it once approached TV, and to prepare it for future technological shifts.