Is Enough Being Done to Boost STEM Education in Schools?
The Obama administration has already put quite a bit of energy into STEM education initiatives. This includes a program to hire 100,000 new STEM teachers and launch the first-ever White House science fair.
The tech community applauded these efforts on Wednesday at POLITICO Pro’s Tech Deep Dive: STEM Policy’s Next Steps conference, but they also noted that one underlying problem exists with STEM programs and actual implementation: money.
Tom Kalil, the White House’s deputy director for technology and innovation, said that Congress is hearing from the administration and the private sector about funding more STEM education, according to POLITICO.
“We have open jobs. We could be hiring more people if we had workers” coming from the schools, he said.
Stephen Jones, associate dean of Student and Strategic Programs in Villanova University’s College of Engineering, said that the future of the United States depends on STEM education, but questions whether Washington sees it the same way.
“The success of STEM education will depend on how long the United States government is willing to make a commitment,” Jones told TakePart. “Improving math and science education will take more than four years. Too often students in urban and rural communities do not have access to the kind of curriculum that will prepare them for the rigors of college.”
The private sector certainly isn’t waiting on Congress to take action.