Why kids in America fall behind in science — and how we can change that
April 13, 2016 - Uncategorized
Globally, the U.S. is at risk of declining economic competitiveness due to its continuing lower levels of educational attainment in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM).
The U.Scurrently ranks 44th according to the quality of its mathematics and science education. A “leaky STEM pipeline” — in which factors such as lower expectations, discrimination and a lack of interest make it less likely that racial or ethnic minorities, women or those from low-income families will pursue STEM careers — makes many adults less likely to be employed in these types of positions.
Efforts that increase schoolchildren’s science achievement — particularly those from diverse, traditionally marginalized populations — could help provide children with greater future employment opportunities while ensuring that the U.S. remains economically competitive. Yet STEM positions are often high-paying and provide greater economic well-being and employment stability, especially as the U.S. transitions to a knowledge-based economy. Read more…