Panel Discusses the State of STEM Education

The Brookings Institute, along with Math for America, hosted an event yesterday to discuss the state of STEM-based education in the United States.  In addition to Congressman Bart Gordon, chairman of the House Committee on Science and Technology, the panel consisted of leading experts in the education field from different sectors; Susan Hockfield of MIT, Robert Birgeneau of the University of California, Berkley, and Brian Green of Columbia.  The event featured introductory and general remarks from James Simmons of Math for America, and Eric Lander of MIT and Harvard, and was moderated by E.J. Dionne of the Brookings Institute.

In his opening remarks Lander outlined key findings and commented that STEM education enjoys some bipartisan support in congress.  Linder noted  that “we must take advantage of this opportunity” and implement new initiatives to build momentum to increase support for STEM education.

While the panel remained optimistic, they agreed that we need to make teaching a more attractive career option for recent college graduates.  The panel also argued that we need increased accountability and partnerships  in order to best serve our long-term competitiveness through STEM-education.

Posted by: Michael Darden

Sources: Brookings Institute

Photo Credit: STEM 2010-01-30 096 courtesy of flickr user skeggy

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