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The Goal of STEM Education

Running a modern nation like the United States of America, its communities and its economy embedded in a global community in which a rapidly growing population faces diminishing resources and profound social and ecological changes requires a certain number of college graduates who are well trained in higher-order thinking and have a scholarly understanding of resilience and sustainability. Thus, it is indispensable to challenge the most gifted students of our universities to become critical thinkers, problem solvers, community leaders, and economy experts.

In accord with Wilhelm von Humboldt, academic freedom and the unity of higher education and research are essential requirements. Educational institutions have to ensure equal opportunities, where gender and descent must not play any role. However, this does not mean to cut the grass the same length. The goal of higher education must be to make beautiful flowers bloom. In other words: The goal of higher education must be to guarantee that our most gifted students are able, after their graduation, to master the challenges that our nation, the State of Alaska, and our communities and companies will be facing in future.

Higher education and research in the fields of Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) require highly qualified and motivated mentors, instructors, and notably talented students who are willing to work hard. Learning by natural inspiration seems to be like to recommend the use a Nuremberg Funnel in the matter of learning and teaching. It does not work in STEM disciplines.

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