- Karen Kaun
- Darien, CT
- United States
Co Founder - President, Knowledge iTrust
STEM Crisis in America
Today I received an email from eschool News entitled, "Solving the STEM Education Crisis in America” and – as one who is actively engaged in teacher and student STEM education - the headline struck me as odd. Of course, there is good reason to ignite students interest is STEM. It's fun, it builds critical thinking skills, can help to find solutions to the most vexing problems and can re-vitalize ailing economies. But, is there a STEM “education crisis” in the United States? According to the Report to the President. Prepare and Inspire: K-12 Education in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) for America’s Future, there is, but in the same report it is also stated, “The United States has the most vibrant and productive STEM community in the world” (PCAST, 2010). That is certainly evidenced by the ideas and inventions of the folks in this community. So how can we have all these great thinkers and a crisis at the same time? And, if we do have a crisis, how can great thinkers like you support innovative approaches to STEM education in our schools?