Over the past few years, there has been focus on mathematics and science education and Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM). Since President Obamcame to power, it seems that almost everyone uses “how important mathematics and science education is and / or we need our children to help us create our future STEM workforce”. It seems like more resources have been put into improving mathematics and science education programs. However, with all this attention to mathematics and science, people really don’t pay attention to how and why we arrive at this point in our education and economics.
If you pay attention to the economies of the richest countries in the world; they have strong education system in which there are children excel academically in all or most disciplines. The reason why education is linked to strong economy is because with education you can have workforce that has the skills to work in your economy. When the United States has strong economy and is global leader, we have great education system. However, the condition of our current education system is that students do not graduate with skills for jobs that are currently available in our economy. There are various reasons for this, but my main theory behind this is not enough children or parents think about their future because it relates to connecting their education with their future careers.
I remember when I was growing up, I remember always knowing that I would get good grades so I could go to college and get good job. Even my peers, who don’t have aspirations to go to college, have plans in mind for career, work or business after graduating high school. However, K-12 students and parents are currently losing that connection to their education and their place in the future workforce; this disconnection occurs at all levels of social economy. So why do people ask where all the work is? The question we have to ask is do I prepare myself and my children to get jobs available in the current and future economy?
We prepare our children to be part of the future workforce in two ways; researching industry trends in the US and the global economy and encouraging them to reach academically and enhance classroom experience with extracurricular activities. In the United States and the global economy. It is true that jobs are disappearing as well as sectors, but there are sectors in the economy where there are many jobs that are not filled. The reason why jobs in some sectors are not filled is because there are no individuals with the skills and knowledge to do the work. The world is moving towards an educated workforce; which means that individuals in the future economy need to have certain expertise or knowledge base to be employed. Most jobs in this new economy will require minimum of bachelor’s degree, but there are some sectors that only require technical training. The key to ensuring that your child will get place in the … Read More
STEM, which stands for Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math, is hot topic lately, especially since the Obamadministration just launched the Educate to Innovate campaign to improve American students’ performance in STEM. American students rank 21st out of 30 in science literacy and 25th out of 30 in math literacy among students in developed nations. As result, America’s competitiveness in science and technology is rapidly eroding, putting our nation at risk of losing its position as the global economic and technological leader.
The Obamadministration’s Educate to Innovate campaign aims to improve K-12 science and mathematics education and encourage more young people to pursue STEM careers in the following fields:
- Biological and biomedical sciences
- Computer and informational sciences
- Mathematics and statistics
- Physical sciences and technologies
Some STEM careers that are in high demand at the moment include actuaries, chemical engineers, chemists, computer software engineers, and electrical engineers.
Even if you don’t want to become scientist or an engineer, an educational background in STEM can be beneficial. The key skills that employers look for, such as analytical thinking, problem solving, and the ability to work independently, are all related to STEM. People who possess STEM education are in demand in variety of industries, including finance, healthcare, and precision manufacturing.
How to Prepare for STEM Careers
The majority of STEM careers require extensive education. You can prepare for STEM career by taking classes in the following subjects during high school and college:
Algebra, Biology,Statistics, Calculus, Electronics, Economics, Geography, Chemistry, Physics, Environmental science, Technical writing, search methods, Computer technology, Computer-assisted art
There are also number of things you can do outside of the classroom to prepare for STEM career. You can join math or science club at your school, teach science at summer camp for youth, volunteer to assist in fundraising events that require you to apply your math and budgeting skills, prepare project for science fair, or learn computer applications. STEM skills can also be gained through work experience.
Some STEM careers only require you to have work experience in the field or an associate’s degree, but most require you to have at least bachelor’s or master’s degree. Taking advanced courses in STEM is challenging and requires dedication and persistence, but it’s worthwhile because STEM careers tend to pay well and boast rewarding future. From helping solve energy problems to propelling space exploration, STEM graduates are equipped to work in an array of exciting fields.… Read More