A 2012 study by the Harvard University's Program on Education Policy and Governance finds American students lagging behind their foreign counterparts academically. American students ranked 25th in math, 17th in science and 14th in reading. It is time to encourage our children's innate curiosity about the world around them. It is time to show them how exciting and fun science really can be!
Learning About South Asian Language And Culture
Learning a second language can have positive effects on a child's academic career. Did you know that many simple words and numbers are the same in the languages of Hindi and in Urdu? Learn along with Asha as she practices these languages. Enjoy the culture of South Asia. This includes the countries of India, Pakistan, Bangladesh, and more! You and your kids will easily learn Hindi and Urdu words!
I am a woman in a traditionally male dominated field. My goal is to encourage girls to consider all fields, including STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) oriented ones. According to the National Science Foundation:
"In elementary school about as many girls as boys have positive attitudes toward science. A recent study of fourth graders showed that 66 percent of girls and 68 percent of boys reported liking science. But something else starts happening in elementary school. By second grade, when students (both boys and girls) are asked to draw a scientist, most portray a white male in a lab coat. The drawings generally show an isolated person with a beaker or test tube. Any woman scientist they draw looks severe and not very happy."
Asha is a positive role model for girls. She is inquisitive, loves science, and is genuinely happy when she learns something new.
Over 3.4 million people of South Asian decent live in the United States. South Asians are the fastest growing minority population and they are the largest Asian American ethnic group. Despite these facts, images and representations of South Asians in the U.S. media are mixed at best. Misunderstanding and misrepresentation in both society and media are common place. Tolerance comes from familiarity and understanding. Exposing our children to different cultures is the first step in promoting understanding in the future.
Asha Loves Science is a fun way to learn more about South Asian culture. With education comes understanding and acceptance. Everyday, South Asian communities are trying to weave their tale into the American tapestry. Asha Loves Science is proud to be a part of this endeavor.