Education for Global Leadership
There is a constant reminder and fear that our nation’s schools are failing to prepare students for the rigors of professional life in the coming years. Our nation is facing a withdrawal of scientists and engineers, two job areas that are currently looking to fill tons of open positions but can’t do so due to lack of skilled available workers.
Fewer students are pursuing careers in STEM. The U.S. Department of Education and the White House
have made increasing the amount of students and teachers who are proficient in these fields a national priority. Statistics show that only 16% of American high school seniors are proficient in math and are interested in a STEM career. Only half of this population will keep on this track into the workforce.
President Obama has called on the nation to develop about 100,000 STEM teachers over the course of 10 years and has asked colleges and universities to graduate about a million students in STEM majors.