Education for a Sustainable Future
The value of education for an increasingly complex future is becoming more vital than ever. From STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) programs to financial literacy initiatives, the variety and volume of news about education is making it a priority topic in the sustainability sphere. How are we to create, develop, and maintain a more sustainable future without knowing much more than we do today? How are we to take quicker, more effective action based on knowledge if we don’t have the facts? Photo Credit: Tom Gill
Posted: Sep 10, 2015 – 06:00 AM EST
As parents send their children off to school this September, they should not forget the 59 million children across the globe who only dream of making it to the classroom. Despite prioritizing increasing access to free, basic education across the globe fifteen years ago as Goal 2 of the Millennium Development Goals, enrollment numbers have sputtered, stalled, and abruptly declined, in large part from emergencies and crises.
Posted: Sep 04, 2015 – 06:00 AM EST
Business school graduates who understand the concepts of sustainability and demonstrate practical knowledge, stand a better chance at landing positions with today’s leading companies.
Posted: Sep 03, 2015 – 06:00 AM EST
Students have been increasingly requesting and even driving the sustainability agendas at their schools, not so surprisingly, considering arguments that management education has developed to teach a narrow role of managers, to maximize shareholder profit—and not a role of leadership in society.
Posted: Sep 02, 2015 – 06:00 AM EST
The American Electric Power Foundation's program, called Credits CountSM, makes college more affordable and helps students earn college credits toward a degree or job-ready certificate in fields such as information technology, engineering, energy and other disciplines while still in high school.
Posted: Aug 31, 2015 – 06:00 AM EST
We began to think about the next generation of pilots and positions such as aircraft mechanics, maintenance technicians, dispatchers and route planners. One common theme became clear; all of these careers rely on science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) skills. If students aren’t gravitating towards STEM courses, what will that mean for future of the aviation industry?
Posted: Aug 28, 2015 – 06:00 AM EST
While improving teacher skills and improving technology represent important pieces of the puzzle, equally important is gaining the support of individuals with whom the students spend most of their time – their parents, and members of the communities in which they live.
Posted: Aug 27, 2015 – 06:00 AM EST
As the lines between the private, public, and civil society sectors continue to blur, the way we approach education will need a serious makeover.
Posted: Aug 26, 2015 – 06:00 AM EST
We have engaged nearly a million kids in STEM after-school education programs and persuaded another million adults to stand behind them. We have taught kids to hypothesize, to think and to invent.
In spite of many great outcomes, there is one code we have not cracked: the one keeping women out of computer science.
Posted: Aug 25, 2015 – 06:00 AM EST
For all the good-natured and well-meaning conversations about sustainable travel, there is often a fundamental problem. Sustainable travel conversations happen at conventions, think-tanks and events in exclusive locations, command high-fees, and are just plain hard to get to. That means that the people most affected by (the lack of) sustainable tourism, aren’t at the table. Sure, there are NGOs and groups that represent them. But is that truly enough?
Posted: Aug 24, 2015 – 06:00 AM EST
It’s no secret our students continue to fall behind in science, technology, engineering and math – the STEM fields. The business and academic communities have responded by commissioning studies, launching programs, giving grants, finding ambassadors and building mentorships.
Yet, even after all of these efforts, the broad statistics are still troubling.