Miss America visits Utah to promote STEM education

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  • The Hammer lehi, utah
    May 11, 2013 12:11 a.m.

    An increase in H1b visas is just a give away to big businesses who want cheap labor from foreign countries. They call them temporary employees and they supposedly bring them here to train or they make up some ruse that they couldn't find a qualified individual, but in reality it is just away for businesses to get around labor laws in the US. Americans cost the Goldman-sachs, GMs, L3s and other companies too much so of course these companies have to go beg politicians to bring in those people that american labor laws wont apply to. People need to call their politician and demand fair play. Tell them to stop messing with the immigration system as a way to get cheap labor for companies.

  • george of the jungle goshen, UT
    May 10, 2013 11:02 p.m.

    To make magic you only need Desire, believe, and expatiation. To make miracles, you have to have the extraordinary element.

  • zeep ,
    May 10, 2013 9:32 p.m.

    As the testing for Elementary Students has increased, the emphasis has become more on math and reading skills. Science and History go out the door because they are not tested. Over testing can quell a students learning desires because they only become machines for a teacher to keep her job as the scores determine if the teacher keeps her job. I know many teachers that are discouraged because they can't teach to keep the student's interest, they have to focus on the subjects that are tested.

    Untie the teacher salary to the tests, don't threaten the teacher's job with the test scores. The teacher can't make the kid come to school, the teacher can't make sure they have an adequate breakfast, or that they get to bed at a decent time and get enough sleep. They can't make sure that the home life of a student will do all the things that make it so a teacher can teach. Many children's interest in science is started in elementary grades, but you can't keep that interest if there isn't any exposure to it.

  • Summer Salt Lake City, UT
    May 10, 2013 3:23 p.m.

    You can't expect an increase in STEM graduates if the jobs outlook in the long run is not good. While there might be spikes in employment, they are usually very temporary. The Chamber and other pro-business entities want massive increases in the H-1B visa, although not mentioned in this article. However, the already too-high cap on the visa has lead to the following:

    Studies done by researchers from Columbia, Duke, Georgetown, Harvard, National Research Council of the NAS, Rochester Institute of Technology, Rutgers, Stanford, UC Davis, US Dept. of Education Office of Education Research & Improvement and others have reported that the USA has been producing sufficient numbers of STEM workers.

    Several studies from others have concluded that only about 30% of STEM graduates find work in their field. A 2012 IEEE announcement of a conference on STEM education funding and job markets stated "only about half of those with under-graduate STEM degrees actually work in the STEM-related fields after college, and after 10 years, only some 8% still do"