What’s Next For STEM Education in America

At no point in history has the world been more concerned with science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) education. Of course, that statement has been true for the past decade and will continue on well into the future.

Unfortunately, that has not resonated amongst American students. According to the U.S. Department of Education, only 16 percent of American high school seniors are proficient in math upon graduation. Only 16 percent of American high school seniors are interested in a career in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics. The United States, according to the Department of Education, now ranks 29th in math and 22nd in science among contemporary countries worldwide.

That’s not good. Check out the chart below:

So that’s the bad news. But don’t worry, things aren’t actually as bleak as they seem. Following an 8-year STEM initiative originating from the President Obama administration, STEM education will continue to be an important topic through the current President Trump administration.

According to President’s Trump’s proposed 2019 budget, approximately $200 million will be earmarked for STEM education programs throughout the country. The expectation is also that these expenditures will continue each following year. Of the potential appropriation, $20 million will be distributed in the form of grants for programs that incorporate STEM career and technical education.

And what may be even more important, the U.S. private sector has once again stepped up. Amazon, Facebook, Google, Microsoft, and Salesforce have all offered $50 million each to aid STEM education and programming. With other company donations, approximately $300 million in private sector money will accompany the federal budget appropriations.

That’s great news for the future, especially when other countries are building their own STEM education platforms.

“Supporting STEM education is imperative to better equip America’s young people with the relevant knowledge and skills that would enable them to secure high-paying, stable jobs throughout their careers,” the budget text states.

At The Rising School, STEM education is of utmost importance. We believe that emphasizing these subjects provides our students the chance to emerge from childhood equipped with the necessary tools to run towards success.

Still, our curriculum is not one-sided. We strongly believe in a balanced approach to education. Children’s brains are like sponges. They can absorb quite a bit of knowledge. And by learning a number of subjects, children learn to use their entire brains. With this, we aim to produce the most well-rounded students ready to take the next steps into a successful future.

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