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The Importance of STEM In The Early Grades

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All important curricula have trickled down to the elementary level and have crowded out anything that is no longer considered higher order thinking (HOT) topics. As a result, we have fifth graders who cannot cut with scissors, cannot tie their shoes, and cannot complete multi-step directions independently. They CAN write the next great american novel. But they do not know the difference between a noun and a verb; nor can they write legibly. They CAN calculate the gross national debt of China. But they cannot accurately measure with a ruler. They can make and test a scientific hypothesis. But they do not know when most major holidays occur. We should be building a strong foundation that will empower them to participate fully in their own learning. This generation is poorly equipped and sadly lacking in the general knowledge and basic skills. When do we let kids be kids and give them the experiences they need to be successful in life?

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