STEM Education: Linking Classrooms to Careers

STEM Education: Linking Classrooms to Careers

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 …

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