The Myth of the STEM Pipeline

The Myth of the STEM Pipeline

Not the most gripping commentary I’ve read on STEM education, but this part caught my interest:

“Too often in my neuroscience classes, I taught young women who, despite doing well and displaying an obvious passion and interest in scientific topics, would tell me unequivocally that they were not good at science. They based their conclusion on faulty reasoning — perhaps it was that they hadn’t concentrated their high school studies in science, or that they found certain math classes challenging. In essence, they were reinforcing the mind-set that if they had not already gotten into the STEM pipeline when they were in middle school or high school, it was much too late to pursue it in college. I don’t recall a single male student stating a similar view.”

Read the rest here:

https://www.insidehighered.com/views/2019/10/02/negative-consequences-pipeline-metaphor-stem-fields-opinion

 

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