Nearly all Americans (94 percent) say STEM learning creates a love of science and mathematics in children from a young age, according to a new survey.
The Brainly survey of 1,000 U.S. students shows that while Americans clearly advocate for STEM learning and see the career advantages it offers, a whopping 83 percent of survey respondents think the U.S. is lagging behind other countries when it comes to STEM in public education and careers.
Twenty-six percent of Americans believe it’s most important to incorporate STEM learning in kindergarten through second grade (28 percent), followed by third through fifth grade (26 percent), and sixth through eighth grade (20 percent).
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Eighty-four percent of those surveyed say they believe having an educational background in STEM makes someone more hire-able, and 76 percent say people with STEM backgrounds earn higher salaries than those with traditional educational backgrounds.