Science, Technology, Engineering and Math: Education for Global Leadership
Science, Technology, Engineering and Math:
Education for Global Leadership
"... Leadership tomorrow depends on how we educate our students todayespecially in science, technology, engineering and math."
President Barack Obama, September 16, 2010
The United States has become a global leader, in large part, through the genius and hard work of its scientists, engineers and innovators. Yet today, that position is threatened as comparatively few American students pursue expertise in the fields of science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM)and by an inadequate pipeline of teachers skilled in those subjects. President Obama has set a priority of increasing the number of students and teachers who are proficient in these vital fields.
Only 16 percent of American high school seniors are proficient in mathematics and interested in a STEM career. [expand/collapse]
President Obama has articulated a clear priority for STEM education: within a decade, American students must "move from the middle to the top of the pack in science and math." [expand/collapse]
The Obama administration will facilitate a cohesive national strategy, with new and repurposed funds, to reorganize STEM education programs and increase the impact of federal investments in four areas: K-12 instruction; undergraduate education; graduate fellowships; and education activities that typically take place outside of the classroom. [expand/collapse]