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What are the benefits of STEM Learning Education for kids?

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What is benefits of STEM Learning Education for kids?
 

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What is benefits of STEM Learning Education for kids?
So they can learn STEM stuff.
 
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So they can learn STEM stuff.
That is about it. Some kids are not ready yet, but trying must be done, since learning could be easier later and especially since at least a few will go in for more such STEM education and careers.

Why else? To help kids think clearly and avoid stupid myths.
 
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Also consider how society is getting evermore technological and whatever they learn will become relevant in time.
 
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Very broadly and practically, thinking clearly about mass, volume, density, weight, and force.
 
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Very broadly and practically, thinking clearly about mass, volume, density, weight, and force.
I would be even more general: Thinking clearly about things. Learning that you can find objective, well-backed answers to questions. If you see something you don't understand, study it, instead of making up some (very likely wrong) explanation on the spot or blindly accepting whatever answer someone gives you.
 
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What is benefits of STEM Learning Education for kids?
There are potentially huge economic benefits for the individual and the country. That's why it's so important for China, for example, to overtake the US as the leading STEM superpower.

The future economically may be decided by STEM capability.
 
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There are potentially huge economic benefits for the individual and the country. That's why it's so important for China, for example, to overtake the US as the leading STEM superpower.

The future economically may be decided by STEM capability.
Yes, energy health and software, algorithms and quantum computing.
The implications are far reaching.
 
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It disciplines their thinking and helps them have a richer experience of their humanity.
 
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So does learning Latin
 
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Benefit to learning and thinking, only when student is ready for it.
 
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How can a child better tick off Mom & Dad than by understanding and exhibiting rational reasoning better than they do?
 
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Countering superstitions and con artists. Fortune tellers, faith healers and anyone else making claims based on woo-hoo and conspiracy theories.

I am not saying that 'dealing with' = removing, we still have homeopathy practitioners, anti vaxers and flat earthers but I would put my money on a STEM guy in a debate.
Over a historian, musician, poet, philosopher or person with little STEM knowledge.
 
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I am not saying that 'dealing with' = removing, we still have homeopathy practitioners, anti vaxers and flat earthers
That means we have a use for better STEM education.
 
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Dealing with superstitions and con artists. Fortune tellers
So does learning Latin
Latin wont get us to mars.
That means we have a use for better STEM education.
STEM education of the 1910's gave us Paul Dirac. They had the most basic equipment and resources back then. Black board and a few text books?
All this tech today and we still have flat earthers?
What happened in the last 100 years?
 
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Dealing with superstitions and con artists. Fortune tellers
Latin wont get us to mars.

STEM education of the 1910's gave us Paul Dirac. They had the most basic equipment and resources back then. Black board and a few text books?
All this tech today and we still have flat earthers?
What happened in the last 100 years?
Pretty sure there were plenty of them back then. Nostalgia is not what it used to be: not all people were reasonable, rational back then.
 
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Pretty sure there were plenty of them back then. Nostalgia is not what it used to be: not all people were reasonable, rational back then.
Did STEM education of the 1910s only work on the likes of Paul Dirac? Or STEM education of the 1920s only work on the likes Richard Feynman?

If I can use evidence to claim that the earth is a sphere and vaccination is a good thing with my modest 1970s/80s education so can most.

If we still have flat earthers, despite STEM education with the resources it enjoys today, then the issue is not education surely?
 
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Surely not, pretty sure there are psychological aspects to it and some people just want to believe certain things; truth is not the top priority for everyone. Michael( Edit:)Shermer wrote this book : "Why people believe weird things". I didnt read it but I'll see if I can find a copy near me. Edit2: It comes down to choosing to use reason as a basis to make decisions, live one's life. I am not sure how those choices are made, subconsciously, most likely, at an individual level.
 
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Surely not, pretty sure there are psychological aspects to it and some people just want to believe certain things; truth is not the top priority for everyone. Michael( Edit:)Shermer wrote this book : "Why people believe weird things". I didnt read it but I'll see if I can find a copy near me. Edit2: It comes down to choosing to use reason as a basis to make decisions, live one's life. I am not sure how those choices are made, subconsciously, most likely, at an individual level.
I Agree and that was my point, education cannot be held to account for lack of reasoning In later life, not today.
I am not saying STEM education (in the west) is perfect it can't be, very little education is.
Back to the benefits of STEM knowledge, breaking down and drilling down the anti vaxers and homeopathy arguments is more convincing than without that STEM grounding.
@symbolipoint already made the point.
 
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'STEM education' can mean many things. Ensuring that children are provided the option to become scientists or mathematicians or engineers if they so wish is immeasurably valuable, both for the children and for the legitimacy of the whole enterprise of discovery.
 
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Dealing with superstitions and con artists. Fortune tellers
Well, possibly. Not necessarily.

When The Amazing Randi was younger, he would do this thing where he would send an associate to try to fool the university profs. He'd do some such thing as a really cheap levitation trick. Or he'd do some sleight of hand or close-up magic trick. And he'd get them every time. Some doofus would hide a magnet in a ring and make a compass needle spin and suddenly a room full of physics profs would believe in telekinesis.

The thing to deal with fortune tellers and such-like is to let them function and take people's money. If you let yourself be fooled *TWICE* then it's on you.
 
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STEM subjects involve abstract thinking. Many of today's important issues - that require individual cooperation and some sacrifice of convenience - involve more than remembering not to step in dog poop, or eat laundry detergent.

Back to the benefits of STEM knowledge, breaking down and drilling down the anti vaxers and homeopathy arguments is more convincing than without that STEM grounding.
It would be easy enough to use STEM for making a sociopathic argument against vaccinations on an individual basis.

Why should only one side of an argument be informed ?

Likewise, homeopathy has at least one element that's been coopted by modern medicine.
 
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STEM subjects involve abstract thinking. Many of today's important issues - that require individual cooperation and some sacrifice of convenience - involve more than remembering not to step in dog poop, or eat laundry detergent.



It would be easy enough to use STEM for making a sociopathic argument against vaccinations on an individual basis.

Why should only one side of an argument be informed ?

Likewise, homeopathy has at least one element that's been coopted by modern medicine.
How do you mean the antivaxxer side is informed? And what element of homeopathy has been coopted by mainstream medicine? Resonance? Is there any reasonable evidence in favor of either? Not sure I get your points.
 
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How do you mean the antivaxxer side is informed?
Poor wording on my part : the post I was responding to seemed to advocate responding to a perceived "attack against science", rather than addressing possibly legitimate concerns : towhit the phrase "drill down against...".

And what element of homeopathy has been coopted by mainstream medicine? Resonance?
When I was a child a Plantar's wart was removed from my foot by the expedience of introducing to the locale a vaccine of some kind ; the immune system responded to that and, while in the area, wiped out the previously ignored wart.

That strikes me as being descendant of the homeopathic practice of similia similibus curantur, which (assumed) efficacy may be a result of hyperstimulating the body's repair systems.
 
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