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Save Our Science: How to Inspire a New Generation of Scientists (Kindle Single) (TED Books Book 29) by [Ramirez, Ainissa]
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About the Author

Ainissa G. Ramirez, PhD, (@ainissaramirez) is dedicated to making science fun for people of all ages. She is the author of the TED Book 'Save Our Science' based on her TED talk on improving science education. Before that, she was a popular engineering professor at Yale University. Prior to working at Yale, she was a research scientist at Bell Laboratories, Lucent Technologies, in Murray Hill, NJ. She received her PhD from Stanford University in materials science & engineering and holds several patents, one of which was awarded MIT's top 100 young innovators award.

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  • File Size: 1325 KB
  • Print Length: 66 pages
  • Publisher: TED Conferences (January 28, 2013)
  • Publication Date: January 28, 2013
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00B7B0G32
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By Karol Gajda on January 31, 2013
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I'm a product of the school system Ms. Ramirez discusses in Save Our Science. I loved science, but didn't particularly enjoy school. I got a Computer Science degree and loathed nearly every minute of my time at University. To the point that I decided I'd never need my degree (a useless piece of paper) and took an entrepreneurial path to life.

The system is broken.

If you're a parent, teacher, student, or human you need to understand the message in Save Our Science and do something to fix it. We're failing our current and future generations, but all hope is not lost. Ms. Ramirez has a plan and we'll do well to embrace and tinker with it.
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This is a great short book written by someone who should actually be making decisions about education. She gives great overviews of the things that Americans could change inside AND outside the classroom. She even gives some bullet points for different groups (teachers, parents, cities) at the end of the book.
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Save Our Science: How to Inspire a New Generation of Scientists by Ainissa Ramirez

"Save Our Science" is an inspirational plea to a new vision of science education in the United States. Yale professor Ainissa Ramirez, Ph.D., makes the persuasive plea for a science education that stresses creativity, curiosity, critical thinking, and collaboration skills. Doctor Ramirez is a staunch advocate of science and educating the public at large. This stimulating 66-page book covers many topics on how to improve science education.

Positives:
1. Engaging, inspirational tone.
2. An important topic in the hands of a gifted scientist and educator.
3. The inspirational plea for improved science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) education.
4. Interesting facts. "It has been predicted that in the U.S., the growth of STEM-related jobs will nearly double the number of non-STEM jobs from 2008 to 2018, at a rate of 17 percent."
5. Good use of charts to illustrate points.
6. The alarming decline of science. Bad politics that hurt our science education.
7. Interesting history. "Getting STEM back on track wasn't easy then, but we did it because we were inspired by President John Kennedy's famous words when he reaffirmed a desire to put a man on the moon by the end of the 1960s."
8. Girls and science. Interesting insights and debunking myths.
9. Race and science. A sensitive topic handled with mastery.
10. Practical recommendations that resonate. "Standardized testing teaches skills that are counter to skills needed for the future, such as curiosity, problem solving, and having a healthy relationship with failure."
11. Failure in science, or is it?
12. The importance of making STEM fun. Practical advice for educators.
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So many times you read articles/books that only focus on the teacher--what the eacher can do to improve. This is one of the few that takes a wholistic approach -- looks at the policies, teaching, curriculum, parents, and community.

I am so glad that Dr. Ramirez articulted what is leading the US on a path that will kill science in our current educational system. Over testing and under funding our school system will be the death of innovation and progress.

I also appreciated Dr. Ramirez's call to engage parents/students/teachers/administrators. It is not about getting good scores on a standardized test; it is giving student the real world tools to becoming productive citizens.
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In this booklet, (and thanks to the author for being able to concisely stating her point and not rambling through hundreds of pages) a very good argumentation is made for the case of loosing the scientific abilities of american students. Science is not difficult, if well teached. And it is badly needed for societies that want to prosper, because only science pushes revolutions in the ways of thinking, and revolutions are what we need constantly to adapt to steadily changing life conditions. One of the big problems islamic countries face is that the education there is based mainly on tradition. But tradition is what we don't need today to improve our lot. We need continuously changing viewpoints, and that is what science provides. We need to follow the recomentadtions of the author.
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I'm wearing my Science Teacher/Column Editor hat for this review. This short book is well written and very relevant to those teaching any content area but obviously for Science Teachers considering the position our country ranks with regard to education.
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This book was thought provoking and provided some much needed reassurance in validating my classroom observations. The only drawback was the author did not include the need for science education to begin at an earlier grade. The author starts off with an illustration of curious Kindergarteners but then focuses on how STEM education has been "decimated" by standardized testing. Why not start teaching early science concepts when those same kindergarten youngsters are asking why? Personally, I have discovered when science education is started before standardized testing practices can subdue curiosity the results can be amazing! With those reservations aside, Save or School by Ainisaa Ramirez provides needed brain food for parents, grandparents, and educators.
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