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The Need for More STEM

By Watson Scott Swail, President & CEO, Educational Policy Institute

This week I was fortunate to attend and participate in a Capitol Hill press conference held by the National Action Council for Minorities in Engineering, Inc. (NACME) introducing their new data book on the pathways to STEM education and careers.

As data in their new data book suggest, the pipeline of students in STEM education and careers is "far from full" with regard to minority participation.

The importance of STEM education, and more importantly, STEM education for all students, is critical for a global economy and society. If we have learned one thing over the past few decades it is that we are not alone. The United States is not isolated and cannot act as such if we are to compete and succeed in this new economy.

Following World War I, and more so with World War II, the world came to America because we were the land of the free and the land where dreams came true. We created the largest (at the time) and best (at the time) higher education system in the world. We had the highest educated population on earth. With it followed the greatest technologies, grand insight, and also an important role as peacemaker in the world. READ MORE....

 

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