"... Leadership tomorrow depends on how we educate our students today—especially in science, technology, engineering and math." — President Barack Obama, September 16, 2010
Howard Blume's article in the LA Times reports on the results of a survey conducted by USC Dornsife/Los Angeles Times. Local residents were asked to choose two items that would most positively impact public education in California. "Nearly half, 49%, picked 'increasing funding for math, science and technology instruction', according to the poll." Clearly STEM education is important in the eyes of the public.
However when viewing the criticality of STEM in terms of future employement, its importance swells. An article on the Science Pioneers website stresses that STEM education is essential because a majority of future employment depends on it. Young people exist in an age of ever increasing technology wherein most jobs and the best salaries will be awarded in STEM fields. "In 2009, the United States Department of Labor listed the ten most sought after employees. Eight of these employees were those with degrees in the STEM fields: accounting, computer science, electrical engineering, mechanical engineering, information sciences and systems, computer engineering, civil engineering, and economics and finance. According to the U. S. Department of Commerce, STEM occupations are growing at 17%, while others are growing at 9.8%."
Read about President Obama’s priority to “move [American students] from the middle to the top of the pack in science and math."
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