STEM and Education
Education systems help form a person’s identity and cultural background. In both Taiwan and the US, the uneven distribution of educational resources hinder many from realizing their dreams. There seems to be little chance for people, especially the socioeconomically disadvantaged, to receive a sufficient and suitable education to make a better life for themselves, which therefore creates a vicious circle. Besides, many in Taiwan criticize its education system for overemphasizing exam scores, academic subjects, and rote memorization. Students thus struggle to find a balance between performing well academically and developing their interests outside the classroom. Consequently, many students realize their true interests when they get into college, which is already too late. Additionally there are other issues related to the educational system that have yet to be solved.
To counter these thorny issues, technology, such as online course platforms, can be the solution. For example, Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs) cover diverse subjects online for people to learn anytime, anywhere. Numerous organizations in Taiwan and the US are now investing in this educational revolution, which could potentially change the landscape in this field. However, the problem is that not enough is being done and not many people know about MOOCs nor how to use MOOCs.
For TASC 2018, we will combine STEM and education. We will discuss how we can use STEM to improve our education as well as ways in which STEM and education can be integrated. Delegates will compare and contrast Taiwanese and American educational systems and put creative problem solving skills to practical use.
Roundtable Leaders: Yi-Su Wong and Tiffany Lu