Wednesday, March 4, 2015

Too much STEM?

Alexandra Ossola, Nextgov Mag, Dec 3, 2105, says many companies are financing STEM programs--and of course, the government is pushing science, tech, engineering and math like mad.

STEM STEM STEM. Is this being overdone? She says sometimes this can be an overused buzzword.

Students pressed into these majors can fail to get a well-rounded education.

She quotes David Drew, an education prof at Claremont Graduate Univ in California and author of STEM the Tide.

He says there is a profound shift in how the economy functions--since the 1960s, the economy has moved more to being a service economy.  More time on customers, less time on product.

While this means more technology to help customers, the T part in STEM may be emphasized. But there is not likely to be a shortage of scientists.

Drew also says there are barriers to getting into STEM fields--discrimination even.

The United States is not at the top of STEM. But being literate in these areas, he says, is the equivalent of being literate and numerate in the 19th century.

But the jobs may not exist--so why push it so hard. Because we should, Draw says, basically.

This conversation, he says, will be kicking around for a while.

What does this amount to? If you do not want to be a scientist or technologically oriented--it is probably OK--but most students will continue to get a push into these areas.

My take, anyhow.

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