As you are aware, I am a major proponent of STEM education, not only in this country, but around the world. But apparently, America’s STEM education system isn’t as great as it could (and should) be. According to a recent article from, many Americans consider the quality of our nation’s STEM education system to be lacking when compared to most other countries. Why is this?
Firstly, it’s important to note that in 2006, President George W. Bush started the “American Competitiveness Challenge” with the intention of improving our country’s science and technology initiatives. Then, in 2009, President Barack Obama created a program designed to teach 100,000 STEM educators about the program in order to attract minorities and women to the field.
Even with these two initiatives in place, America’s STEM education system continues to lack. According to a study conducted by the Pew Research Center, out of 5,000 responses, only 25% believe that America’s STEM programs are the best in the world; even more worrying was the response from those holding a degree in a STEM field: just 13% feel that America’s K-12 STEM education system was above average.
The survey also revealed that several aspects of the system seem to be dysfunctional. 55% percent of those surveyed believe that teachers spend too much time meeting state demands instead of focusing on practical uses.
With positions in STEM on the rise, our education system needs to find a better way of educating our youth so that America is on the forefront of innovation in STEM.