STEM is the flavor-of-the-month campaign for educators.We have been
lagging in these subjects for decades. Programs have come and gone without
moving the needle.STEM is a catchy acronym that will make it easy to
discuss with the Chamber of Commerce and politicians.And it's great
news for people who sell t-shirts and water bottles...and consultants...and
grant writers.In the end it is destined to be Much Ado About Nothing. A
decade down the road a new campaign will come along telling us that STEM was all
wrong and we need to extract more money from government for STEM 2.
Sorry, no support here until they make it STEAM by adding the arts. Not all
students' brains are wired for mathematical and scientific eduction
Do Utah's policy makers understand what Common/Utah Core is doing to STEM
subjects? Get Utah out of Common Core, go back to traditional education, and
our kids will be prepared for anything.
America already produces three stem graduates for each new stem job each year.
We don't need more stem workers, we need more stem job creation. Another alternative would be to eliminate the 300k stem visas each year (good
for up to six years 300,000 x 6 = 1.8 million jobs) and 870k NAFTA visa jobs
that are mostly in the stem field. We have the labor, we need more jobs. $20 million wasted creating labor in an already flooded market?.