Students Need More Science
Do students really need more science? Does the U.S. really need more scientists? YES!
- New reports from the National Research Council and National Governors Association note that there is a high demand for U.S. high school graduates who are prepared to enter advanced schooling and careers requiring STEM knowledge (President’s Council of Advisers on Science and Technology, 2012). In addition, by 2018, there will be more than 2.8 million job openings for STEM workers. Yet there is a shortage of workers with the proper educational background in science.
- According to a Manpower Survey, employers are worried about the overall shortage of qualified workers in many of the STEM careers.
- We need to inspire students in their younger years . . . studies show that students who ultimately decide to take advanced science classes in high school, and major in high-demand science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) fields in post-secondary education, tend to get hooked on STEM and make their choices as early as middle school. The elementary and middle school years are the best timeto capture students’ interest in and motivation to pursue post-secondary STEM learning.