(Getting Smart, 12/16/170
Educating students in STEM subjects (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math) has become a popular topic among teachers, parents, and school administrators. Will STEM end up another trend in education, or will it permanently impact the way teachers teach and students learn?
The latter is more likely. For years, we’ve been reading about other countries surpassing the United States in math and science instruction. Recent assessments placed the U.S. in the middle of the international pack, and behind other industrialized nations, including Singapore, Finland, and Canada.
Improving the quality of STEM education isn’t just a matter of national pride. The future security of the U.S. rests on the expertise of capable, educated people who know how to ward off cyberattacks and develop scientific and technological tools to keep the country safe from foreign and domestic challenges. And according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), careers in STEM fields will grow at a rate much faster than average, and workers in most of these professions will enjoy high salaries.