The momentum for improving U.S. STEM capabilities is building, with opinion leaders and editorial boards opining in support of reform and newsrooms writing about it across the country.
Read these opinions, the latest news coverage and news from TAP in this section.
Editorial and Op-ed Support
May 17, 2013 — Arizona Daily Star (Opinion) — “Kathleen Perkins and Ron Carsten: Science, tech, engineering and math need to form education's bedrock”
Science and engineering professions require rigorous data collection and risk analysis. That same approach needs to be applied to STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) education with respect to forecasting job prospects for students today.
May 10, 2013 — Fairfax Times (Opinion) — “Abhipraya Subedi: Importance of STEM in American Education”
STEM is an acronym used to describe certain fields of study that include science, technology, engineering, and mathematics. STEM skills are the foundational skills needed to enter careers in bioengineering, space technology, computer sciences, and more. These skills have been cited as deficient in the American educational system, and a threat to the long-term economic security of the U.S.
May 05, 2013 — Education Week (Opinion) — “Sara Tucker: We Must Create Opportunities for STEM Learning”
Our country is in trouble. That's the key takeaway from my experience as the undersecretary in the U.S. Department of Education. We have been inching along in math and science while other countries are speeding forward. The United States ranked 25th in math and 17th in science in the 2009 Program for International Student Assessment.
April 29, 2013 — Roll Call (Opinion) — “Rep. Richard Hanna: Foreign STEM Workers Can Help Rebuild Economy”
Two unfilled STEM jobs exist for every STEM worker in the U.S. looking for work. The trend is expected to get worse. Our nationís STEM workforce shortage is affecting the viability of small firms in the marketplace.
April 17, 2013 — The Hill (Opinion) — “Rep. Tim Bishop and Stanley Litow: STEM careers offer bright futures”
Ö We know that STEM professionals are in the greatest demand and that STEM careers provide the best salaries and brightest futures for our children. Thatís not opinion, itís fact. But we also know that tens of thousands of good STEM jobs go unfilled every year because employers simply canít find qualified personnel to fill them. This isnít just an issue that can be fixed with more aggressive candidate screening. The hard truth is that we simply donít have enough people with the needed skills. In spite of the data Ė in spite of the demand Ė our nation continues to suffer from a skills gap that we are failing to address.
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May 08, 2013 — Chronicle of Higher Education — “Companies Finance University Efforts to Improve Science Education”
The Obama administration on Wednesday announced the selection of nine university groups for a $10-million initiative with corporate partners to improve the teaching of engineering to undergraduates. Under the program, known as "Graduate 10K+," the selected public and private institutions will spend the next five years testing various strategies to raise graduation rates in the sciences. Currently only about 45 percent of undergraduates majoring in sciences complete their degrees.
April 22, 2013 — U.S. News & World Report — “Obama Gets His Geek on at White House Science Fair”
For the past three years, President Obama has tried to make a statement by inviting more than 100 students to the White House for its now-annual science fair: Kids who excel in science are at least as important as teams that win major sports championships.
April 22, 2013 — Washington Post — “Obama hosts young inventors at 2013 White House Science Fair”
Some 100 students from more than 40 states are attending the 2013 White House Science Fair, which began today with President Obama as host.
April 22, 2013 — USA Today — “Obama: Science education must be 'priority'”
President Obama said Monday that Americans love technology, but may not have enough respect for the education necessary to create all those new products. Obama promoted science, technology, engineering and math teaching while praising the winning student entries at the annual White House Science Fair.
April 17, 2013 — Washington Post — “Lockheed Martin works with STEM students in Prince Georgeís County”
Lockheed Martin, the Prince Georgeís County school system and the countyís Office of Information Technology have entered into a private-public partnership that will allow students and teachers at three high schools to learn from and share information with each other in a secure, cloud-based environment, county officials announced Wednesday. ... The program, which will include Cisco Systems and Men Aiming Higher, a community-based organization, is designed to give more students access to cutting-edge technology.
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