A Critical Examination of STEM: Issues and Challenges by Chet Bowers

By Chet Bowers

This serious exam of STEM discourses highlights the significant to contemplate academic reforms in the diversified cultural contexts of ongoing environmental and technologically pushed adjustments. Chet Bowers illuminates how the dominant myths of Western technology advertise fake delivers of what technology can in achieving. Examples display how a few of the technological know-how disciplines and their shared ideology mostly fail to deal with the methods metaphorically layered language affects taken-for-granted styles of considering and the function this performs in colonizing different cultures, therefore keeping the parable that clinical inquiry is aim and freed from cultural impacts. guidance and questions are integrated to interact STEM scholars in changing into explicitly conscious of those concerns and the demanding situations they pose.

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The latter are involved in being ecologically aware of the patterns and relationships that connect, and they provided a fuller understanding of the emergent, relational and co-dependent cultural and natural ecologies. The difference between reading about a person’s craft knowledge and skill in making something, and actually observing—or more importantly, being physically, creatively, and mentally engaged in carrying out the task on one’s own terms, is the difference between living in the limited world of abstractions and being fully involved in the multiple worlds of emergent relationships.

This is compared with the number of white males working in these two fields, which was 51 percent in 2013, with only 20 percent being white women—with the percentages falling off the charts for Hispanic and African American males and females. The key point is not that of assessing the strengths and weaknesses of Western inspired development programs, but the educational reforms that supposedly lead to a more equitable ethnic and gender mix of graduates. Are current STEM programs adequately informed that the globally connected world we now live in requires more than a surface understanding of different cultures—as well as key characteristics that are shared by all cultures?

These are the differences that make a difference in terms of how life sustaining ecosystems are being impacted. But moving to a level of exercising ecological intelligence such as being aware that the amount of carbon dioxide being put into the atmosphere that contributes to the acidification of the world’s oceans that will, in the immediate decades ahead, threaten the children’s future prospects, is undermined by the cultural emphasis on individual self determination and the myth of individual intelligence.

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