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Do Not Fear STEM - You Already Teach It

by Andy Allen
September/October 2016
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We are currently living through an information revolution. Our scientific understanding has grown considerably and our world has become more technical and complex. The landscape for jobs is changing and America’s unskilled manufacturing jobs are slipping away to countries with a lower cost of living and cheaper labor. To remain a global leader, America must increasingly compete through innovation and technology. Our future success will come from the genius and hard work of scientists, engineers, and innovators. 

The jobs of tomorrow are going to require more than literacy skills. We need to prepare our children with the skills to understand and master technology. STEM stands for science, technology, engineering, and math. STEM education combines these four topics to prepare children with the skills they will need to be competitive in the future job market. There is already a growing skill gap between jobs and qualified applicants with states like Arizona reporting that they have twice the amount of STEM job openings than applicants to fill them. The U.S. Department of Commerce also projects that if America is to remain dominant in science and technology industries and stay competitive in a fast-changing world economy, it will need one million more STEM professionals over ...

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