In recent decades, American education has fallen behind in international standards for STEM education[i]; yet, it is our mastery of these fields that enabled America’s past success and will secure America’s future on the world stage.   

 

If we want to nurture global leaders in fields like economics, energy, health care, and manufacturing, we need to invest in STEM education. STEM jobs are the jobs of the future,[ii] and will be necessary if we are to maintain America’s strong position in the global economy.

 

Unfortunately, this future may not be available to all Americans; evidence shows that the quality of American education depends on students’ economic status, leaving kids of lower socio-economic status at an even greater global disadvantage.[iii] American STEM training programs must improve, and access to these programs must be guaranteed for all kids.

Why STEM? 

[i] Pew Research report on international STEM rankings:

http://www.pewresearch.org/fact-tank/2017/02/15/u-s-students-internationally-math-science/

US PISA exam rankings, compared internationally:

http://www.businessinsider.com/pisa-worldwide-ranking-of-math-science-reading-skills-2016-12

[ii] US Chamber of Commerce on the importance of STEM education:

https://www.uschamberfoundation.org/content/stem-education-talking-points

Bureau of Labor Statistics chart, top growth industries:

https://www.bls.gov/emp/images/top_occupations.jpg

Employment projections by industry to 2022:

https://www.bls.gov/opub/mlr/2013/article/industry-employment-and-output-projections-to-2022.htm

Manufacturing workforce statistics:

https://www.bls.gov/iag/tgs/iag31-33.htm#workforce

MIT Technology Review on the future of manufacturing jobs:

https://www.technologyreview.com/s/602869/manufacturing-jobs-arent-coming-back/

CNN Money on the future of manufacturing jobs:

http://money.cnn.com/2016/03/29/news/economy/us-manufacturing-jobs/

[iii] National Center for Education Statistics, Differences by Socioeconomic Status

https://nces.ed.gov/programs/coe/indicator_tva.asp

American Psychological Association, Education and Socioeconomic Status

http://www.apa.org/pi/ses/resources/publications/factsheet-education.pdf