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
November 17, 2016 — U.S. News & World Report (Opinion) — “To Close Gap in STEM Pipeline, Engage Families”
The U.S. Department of Commerce reports that science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) jobs will grow 17 percent by 2018. And the growth in STEM jobs will be 55 percent faster than non-STEM jobs over the next 10 years. Although such anticipated growth is encouraging since it supports the theory that a thriving STEM workforce is directly linked to the economic prosperity of the United States, there is still concern: as many as 2.4 million STEM jobs could remain unfilled in the nation by that time. Is there a solution to help drive our nation's youth into these fast-growing STEM fields and meet the demand for qualified STEM professionals? According to a new report issued by National PTA, families are the answer.
November 16, 2016 — Fortune (Opinion) — “How American Manufacturers Are Working to Close the 'Skills Gap’”
American manufacturers are leading an innovation revolution, transforming the products we make and how we make them. Boasting the globe’s most productive workforce, abundant energy and unparalleled technical capabilities, our country is poised to advance the promise of manufacturing in America. Companies are creating jobs in the United States, and foreign enterprises are investing at record levels. The manufacturing economy is $2 trillion strong and supports about one in six American jobs. The entire world wants the products of manufacturing in the United States, from internet-connected electronics to lifesaving pharmaceuticals. The only missing piece—the next generation of skilled workers who will take up the mantle of manufacturing and transform the future.
September 16, 2016 — Wall Street Journal (Opinion) — “STEM Literacy and Jobs”
… [S]tudents don’t often appreciate the difference between achieving a modicum of STEM literacy and pursuing a STEM profession. Many avoid taking STEM courses because they have no intention of majoring in a STEM discipline. While everyone agrees that basic literacy is critical for just about any job, we don’t quite have the same level of appreciation that being STEM literate is increasingly important to qualify for a wide variety of jobs in our information-based knowledge economy.
April 12, 2016 — The Journal (Opinion) — “Army Offers STEM Teachers a Summer Research Experience”
A new program associated with the United States Army is preparing a summer program to help teachers of science, technology, engineering and math (STEM). Applications are being accepted through April 22 for the Research Experiences for STEM Educators and Teachers (RESET) program planned by the Army Educational Outreach Program (AEOP).
March 02, 2016 — New York Times (Editorial), (Opinion) — “Student Question | Do We Need a Better Way to Teach Math?”
Do you ever wonder if there is a better way to teach math? Andrew Hacker, who teaches political science and mathematics at Queens College, definitely has:
Here’s an apparent paradox: Most Americans have taken high school mathematics, including geometry and algebra, yet a national survey found that 82 percent of adults could not compute the cost of a carpet when told its dimensions and square-yard price. The Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development recently tested adults in 24 countries on basic “numeracy” skills. Typical questions involved odometer readings and produce sell-by tags. The United States ended an embarrassing 22nd, behind Estonia and Cyprus. We should be doing better. Is more mathematics the answer?
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March 20, 2017 — THE Journal — “Research: Let's Move STEM Learning Earlier”
All children are born scientists. Just watch very young children plan and plant a community garden, discussing how much watering it needs, what roots are for and how a plant’s growth shifts with the seasons. Yet the public perception appears to be that only some children have scientific inclinations, based in many cases on their family cultures. According to a new research project, children who engage in scientific activities at an early age (between birth and age 8) develop positive attitudes toward science, build up their STEM “vocabularies” and do better at problem solving, meeting challenges and acquiring new skills.
March 01, 2017 — U.S. News & World Report — “After-School Programs Foster STEM Skills”
While many classrooms and internship programs are actively trying to incorporate science, technology, engineering and math – also known as STEM – education into the lives of children and young adults, after-school programs that focus on STEM let children explore new ideas without worrying about keeping their grades up. A new study by the Charles Stewart Mott Foundation and STEM Next, "Afterschool & STEM: System Building Evaluation 2016," surveyed and looked at the impact of more than 160 after-school programs providing informal STEM education in 11 states.
February 28, 2017 — CNET — “Trump signs laws to promote women in STEM”
The White House just gave women in STEM a boost. President Donald Trump signed two laws on Tuesday that authorize NASA and the National Science Foundation to encourage women and girls to get into STEM fields. Those are science, technology, engineering and math. The INSPIRE Act directs NASA to promote STEM fields to women and girls, and encourage women to pursue careers in aerospace … The second law is the Promoting Women in Entrepreneurship Act. It authorizes the National Science Foundation to support entrepreneurial programs aimed at women.
February 22, 2017 — NPR — “After Making History In Space, Mae Jemison Works To Prime Future Scientists”
Mae Jemison made history in this field as the first African-American woman in space, as part of the crew on Space Shuttle Endeavour in 1992. Jemison tells NPR's Ari Shapiro she welcomes this new interest in women and minorities who broke boundaries in space because those people were previously excluded from the narrative. “Well, I think it's one of those things that really needs to be done,” Jemison says. “And this is because people of all types have made contributions across the spectrum of the sciences, across the spectrum of space exploration, and they have been left out many times, purposefully.”
February 22, 2017 — Forbes — “Women Who Code: You Are Not Alone”
With the upcoming Academy Awards, best picture nominee Hidden Figures is receiving more coverage than ever. Women in STEM was already a national conversation, but the film helped propel the topic into the forefront of many conversations. The tech industry has gained a reputation for being a “boys club” -- statistically, women in the field either lose interest over time or get discouraged somewhere in the school or career pipeline. As more of our students went to see Hidden Figures, they asked us many good questions about the current state of women in STEM. We decided to reach out to Women Who Code, whose CEO, Alaina Percival, provided some enlightening and informative responses to our questions.
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