Science education has been a controversial topic among employers and schools for years. Employers are requesting more STEM graduates yet the schools are unable to keep up with the rising demand. Unemployment rates continue to go up while positions in the science, technology, and engineering fields have remained open and unfulfilled. STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) education is vital to the position of the United States in the world standings in STEM research and design. Currently 3 of the 5 top positions in STEM research are held by Asian countries and sadly the United States doesn’t even fall in the top 10 for the list. There was once a time when the United States led the world in STEM research, but times have
In the article, “Why we undervalue a liberal arts education”, written by Adam Chapnick posted March 6, 2013 explains people to understand the importance of liberal arts degrees. He wants people to how the importance is the same as STEM degrees. Most people believe STEM degrees are not successful life choices. He believes people don’t know what they learned so they need to teach liberal arts better and different so the people who graduate actually know what they learned. This article is not a credible source it is just his claims. Adam Chapnick’s article “Why we undervalue a liberal arts education,” needs more facts and reasons to back up his claims because his article is not factual mostly opinionated and to be credible facts must back up
Going to college will set the basis for your career pathway in the future. High school students contemplate that college is not the right choice for them, but there are multiple benefits that come with a college degree. If students decide to attend college, they may considerate it a waste of time and stress. Unlike high school for some, college needs taken seriously. Attending college prepares and gives you knowledge on what to expect when you start the career. Those who attend college are more than likely to get a higher wage job then individuals who decided not to join.
After high school, many students make the decision on attending college based off of the things their parents/ teachers may have taught them when they were young. For example, many students further their education because throughout their lifetime they’re told they have to. In school we’re taught that in order for us to receive good jobs, and make a decent amount of money we have to have a college degree. Some are even taught that they must go beyond the undergrad and receive their masters, and doctorate degrees if they really want to be known as something in this world. While others go because it would make their parents proud, or to fulfill the legacy of being a first generation college student in their families. While this may be the case majority of the time, if you’re like me you go because
Discussing the topic College Degree which for years has been seen as a path to personal, intellectual and financial success at the time of economic instability, these three authors’ A College Degree Is a Worthy Achievement by Maria Dimera, Not All College Majors Are Created Equal by Michelle Singletary, Turning In to Dropping Out by Alex Tabarrok, shares their views in this essay.
One of the major struggles of my life was changing my outlook on school and consequently life. A large part of human thinking revolves around the fact that the appreciation of something one has does not nearly come close to the appreciation of something one used to have. I did the same with my mom’s advice to me, the classic put-it-away-for-later technique that almost everybody learned how to do when it comes time for parental suggestion. My mom used to try and tell me about how chasing interests would always be better than following anything else, and that applied to high school as well. She emphasized that she’d rather I take a class that piqued my curiosity than one that was just for the prestige. This advice at the time neither seemed relevant,
I also like how the program mainly teaches the students the STEM subjects. Having this focus on STEM subjects I would be able to learn almost exclusively about what I’m most interested, which would be technology. In my future I hope to obtain a career with either software programming or engineering, so focusing on STEM subjects would allow me to learn what I would need to do to accomplish these goals. The school I’m currently attending does have electives such as robotics and Innovative Vehicle Design to help me learn more in the technology field, but even taking these classes haven’t helped a whole lot in learning more about my desired careers. That’s why I hope that entering into this program will allow me to learn more about what it is that I want to do. As long as I’m being taught these subjects I should be able to obtain the jobs. In school, I’ve never really had a difficult time with
STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) careers are the basis of the global world around us. They are in high demand and with this type of education provides a lot of opportunities for your career. It is so important to pursue these types of fields because almost all of the different types of careers is depending on this type of education. Let’s look at technology. We use technology every single day, I am using it to write this paper. Technology has increased so much over the past century and is still improving but we need new people and new ideas to come up with new inventions and keep improving to provide benefits for society. That is just one example why the STEM career is a good path to pursue.
STEM is the future. STEM is what drives our economy and creativity. STEM is everywhere. My generation is growing up in a time when science, technology, engineering and mathematics is available at our fingertips. We need to embrace STEM and encourage it on all levels because STEM is what will help discover the answers to difficult problems. With STEM the sky is the limit. My generation will be able to discover the cure for cancer, stop third world hunger, redesign transportation systems, actually put people on Mars and do so much more. I look forward to participating in those discoveries.
I have an opinion on STEM classes. I do think stem classes could be important to many people, maybe very few people like stem classes. I DO NOT like stem classes. but stem classes are good for you so you can prepare for college or anything you do.
Why is it important for schools to have a wide variety of elective classes? For one example of a variety of electives classes, there are 8,200 Agriculture programs in middle school and high school a crossed the United States of America (FFA). Elective classes are classes that students can choose to take (Google). There are many different kinds of elective classes. There are arts, science, Agriculture, FACS, and many other classes. Each of those classes helps students to explore different career opportunities. The elective classes that I have been in have benefited my future because they have taught me skills that you cannot learn from a textbook, and I had experiences through these classes that I
It is becoming more and more common in recent years, for students to abandon traditional methods of education, citing that there is no need for such methods in a society that focuses heavily on technology. Society is focused on STEM careers, the latest buzzword in higher education. STEM careers are touted as the careers of the future, necessary for the advancement of the world and its infrastructure. And indeed that is the case, and the reason why STEM based careers are pushed onto students though early immersion programs and eager parents anxious to ensure the financial success of their children.
Despite the growing push for STEM, it is not well understood; there is little consensus about what it is, how to integrate STEM into classroom instruction, and how STEM learning can be assessed (Brown et al., 2011; Huntley, 1998; Pitt, 2009). Stakeholders who are interested in promoting STEM are often confused by the construct. These stakeholders include government officials who are funding STEM initiatives, teachers who are expected to teach STEM, parents, businesses who need to invest in their future employment, and students (Breiner et al., 2012).
In high school, I had to advocate for myself; if I wanted something I made sure my teachers and counselors knew my hopes and dreams for the future. As a senior, I decided that my AP Photography class was not benefiting my education and I was not becoming a better photographer or student through the class. I knew that my creativity would be better used in an AP Ceramics setting. So, in order to get my classes switched I had to be my own advocate for the well-being of my education. I visited my counselor weekly until my class was finally changed and I was in a class I truly enjoyed. Though I am aware that my high school is an exception to the typical public-school education, it is important to note that not all students are uninterested in learning. In the year, I was placed in AP Ceramics, I learned countless skills including, wheel throwing, soldering copper, glaze mixing, and even determination and persistency. So, in my high school career I learned both critical thinking as well as vocational skills to create a well-rounded education.
Behind much of the US competitiveness and advancement in the world are the minds of science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) workers. The STEM field drives ambition in new advancements and helps maintain the US lead in innovation. Advancements in the STEM field bring higher standards of living and economic prosperity in the US. However, three influential reports, Innovate America, Tapping America’s Potential, and Rising Above the Gathering Storm, released within a five month period in 2005 warned about the potential of losing this lead and other risks, including threats to national security and a decreased standard of living for Americans. Concerns and alarms from these reports called attention to issues about US STEM labor supply, global STEM education attainment, teacher quality, international assessment rankings, academic achievement gaps, and foreign student enrollment. A big controversy addressed was the issue about science and engineering (S&E) occupation shortages and jobs in the STEM field. Proponents of this matter claim that there are job shortages in the STEM field, while critics argue that there is no such shortage. While both sides show very compelling sides, as of today, there is still no credible evidence backing up this alarm for job shortages in the STEM field.