An Approach to Encouraging STEM Careers

The Information Technology & Innovation Foundation (ITIF) has released a report reevaluating STEM education and providing recommendations for the future.  The report, “Refueling the U.S. Innovation Economy: Fresh Approaches to STEM Education” provides a new framework for increasing STEM-bound graduates by creating new institutions, incentivizing students, providing better information, and partnering with other industries to increase cooperation.  The report focuses on ways to increase STEM-based careers that begin in early childhood schooling while encouraging students to pursue those fields.

The new approach, which differs from almost four decades of instituting a “some STEM for all” where students would receive varying amounts of STEM-related courses through K-12, now looks at specifically targeting those students deeply interested in the subject.  The report concludes that “[…] a more effective route to producing the five percent or so of workers who have the skills needed to be STEM workers is to embrace a system where student interests and passions for STEM are what drive curricula,” effectively allocating funding and attention to those keenly interested in pursuing a future with STEM.

Posted by: Michael Darden

Sources: The Information Technology & Innovation Foundation

Photo credit: Math Steeplechase 2010-83 courtesy of flickr user Inkychack

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