Do We Really Need Finland to Teach Us How to Teach STEM?

Looking Abroad Can’t Hurt. But the Answers to Better Math and Science Proficiency Might Be Closer to Home Than We Think.


In the 2011 State of the Union address, President Obama challenged the nation to produce 100,000 excellent new science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) teachers by the year 2021. In response, the creative design company Cultivated Wit launched the website “Blow Minds, Teach STEM,” an online campaign aimed at making the hardest of the hard sciences look fun—and encouraging college students to become teachers.

Faced with discouraging stats—U.S. students can’t seem to crack the global top 20 in math and science proficiency—a little humor goes a long way. “Blow Minds” sums …

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