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America has a STEM crisis–and this is how to solve it

If America wants to leapfrog other countries in STEM-related fields, then we can’t continue with a business-as-usual approach to teaching these subjects

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Products that use principles of science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) can be found in many of our children’s most valued possessions – from video game systems to computers to the smartphones attached to their hands.

Unfortunately, their interest in these items does not often equate to an interest in these subjects. It is a fact underscored in the most recent study by the Program for International Student Assessment (PISA).

Every three years PISA assesses proficiency in reading, math and science for 15-year old students from 65 developed countries. The latest results (from 2012) rank the U.S. 23rd in science and 30th in math.

America’s global lead in innovation is eroding in part because our students are deciding at early ages that science, math, and other related subjects are just not “their thing.”

How do we reverse these numbers?

Watch: America’s STEM Education Problem

(Next page: Boosting STEM interest in the United States)

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