Obama: science, technology, engineering and math are the future

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If you had to choose the subject of the future, what would it be? Could you even choose? President Obama certainly did with the new STEM Initiative. STEM, which stands for science, technology, engineering and math, includes $260 million to help move American students back to the top of the pack in these fields over the next 10 years.

The official White House press release listed three goals for the STEM Initiative:

increasing STEM literacy so all students can think critically in science, math, engineering and technology; improving the quality of math and science teaching so American students are no longer outperformed by those in other nations; and expanding STEM education and career opportunities for underrepresented groups, including women and minorities.

In this technology age, we certain rely on technology platforms in countless aspects of our life: school, work, hobbies, gaming, travel. Understanding how to use technology to better our lives is crucial for students to learn. The STEM initiative takes technology education a step further because the subjects of science, technology, engineering and math will equip students with the tools to understand how it all works. This initiative not only emphasizes learning these subjects, but actually stimulating interest among America’s youth so that they will pursue these subjects beyond the classes duration.

Do you agree with the President’s “Educate to Innovate” STEM initiative? I certainly agree with the need for more left-brained thinkers pursuing math and science. This could mean less outsourcing and reliance on foreign nations for technology in our future; technology is our present and it is not going anywhere.

Nevertheless, do subjects like English, literature, and history deserve to be left out of current education reform efforts?

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