Necessary Growth: An Exploration of the Blossoming Need for STEM Education

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Today, countries and their education systems are in a mad race to keep up with the world’s technological advances. Unfortunately for the residents of the United States, one of the country’s most debilitating problems is that it is falling behind is the lack of STEM (Science, Technology, Math and Engineering) Education directed towards all students, both male and female, in its school systems. Attempts to remedy this are currently in progress, but the nation has fallen drastically behind other global powers concerning its STEM- literate workforce. This is a result of educational failures, particularly the failure of education opportunities to bridge the gender gap. Improving the diversity and knowledge of the technological workforce is the only way to return America to a position of technological prowess. Creating an environment that disregards gender and other “traditional” points of discrimination will allow females to expand into these traditionally male-dominated fields without facing undue bias. This means that efforts to offer additional, and encourage pre-existing, STEM-related educational opportunities are of critical importance. An improvement in the technological prowess of the United States and gender-related social dynamics of can only come with a reform of the education system to meet the needs of today.
Recently, Americans are no longer enjoying the excellence and distinction in STEM fields that they once held. This is due to an education system which does not prepare students for activity in key fields. In a set of shocking statistics from the National Math and Science Initiative it is revealed that United States students are going through school unprepared and graduating in much fewer numbers than the current clima...

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... evident. These sorts of programs, these detailed reforms to specific areas and direct interactions with students, are what will truly lead to the improvement of American’s STEM education. There is only one way to truly solve this nation’s STEM education crisis, and that is to cultivate a school environment that will foster the growth and development of STEM literacy in this budding generation.

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