Math schools

Feb 14, 2020 by

Recently, there has been a major push for students and schools to emphasis STEM as a core subject. Advocates argue that the future will be dominated by tech, this can be seen with the rise of notable startup companies like Facebook, Google, and Amazon. Further, the United States is at a disadvantage compared to the rest of world.

According to the most recent data from the International Math and Science Assessments Report, American students scored around middle of the pack compared to their peers across the world. This is not surprising for many parents and educators, who lament about the state of their respective schools, but it surprising that such a wealthy nation with some of the best universities in the world has such a dramatic problem with K-12 education.

The issue is complex. For most of the 20th century the United States was the hotbed of technological innovation. The US built on this foundation and consequently they developed some of the most renowned schools in the world with students and scientists from all over choosing to study at these institutions. While the university system prospered, the K-12 education system began to show signs of stress.

The United States is still a technological powerhouse, yet it is dependent on a strong stream of foreigners to supplement its existing talent. If you look any Masters of Phds programs in the science, then you will see a sprinkling of local students and host of future scientists from abroad.

It is a hard problem to increase homegrown talent in the United States, but many think we should start when students are young. There has been a huge increase in pushing science to children. To this end, these programs are made to be fun and highlight science through experiments. This will hopefully ignite their interests and perhaps pursue a career in science.

On the other hand, computer science has a strong financial incentive. Many recent computer science grads can get a job that pays six figures if they choose to work in competitive cities, such as New York, Seattle, Los Angelos, and most importantly, the Bay Area.

Many parents choose to supplement their children education through camps, tutors, online programs. This is wise choice. The world has become competitive, and in order for students to have a successful career they need to prove their worth by distinguishing themselves.

While there has been an increase focus on STEM subjects in schools, there are still a few problems to discuss. Critics argue that the push to STEM has hurt other subjects, such as the Arts and Humanities. There is only so much time and money to go around. STEM is seen as career advancing and therefore more important than the arts and should rightfully deserve a bigger piece of proverbial pie. These critics content that although STEM is important, the Humanities and Arts help create a more well-rounded individual and this can also make them competitive in the job market. It is hard to say what is best for the students.

This is an important issue facing the nation, and it deserves our full attention to understand the full complexity of the situation.

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