[caption id="attachment_46439" align="alignleft" width="150" caption="Obama: “Strengthening STEM education is vital to preparing our students" for the 21st-century economy. (AP photo)"]Obama: “Strengthening STEM education is vital to preparing our students" for the 21st-century economy. (AP photo)[/caption]

Barely into the new school year, President Barack Obama issued a tough-love message to students and teachers on Sept. 27: Their year in the classroom should be longer, and poorly performing teachers should get out. Separately, the president also announced a goal of recruiting 10,000 teachers over the next two years in the fields of science, technology, engineering,...

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