Why America 's Obsession With Stem Education Is Dangerous

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In the article “Why America’s obsession with STEM education is dangerous," by Fareed Zakaria, Zakaria argues that even though America has a less technically trained workforce than many other nations, such as China, Japan, and South Korea, America remains a world leader in innovation. But, Zakaria includes statistical evidence in support of his argument that have miniscule pertinence. Zakaria begins his argument by establishing the opposing viewpoint that “technical training is the new way forward." This summarization of the opposing viewpoint builds his credibility and relatability through recognizing the opposing viewpoint, thus increasing Zakaria’s own ethos. Then Zakaria quickly counters by introducing his primary claim; that “a broad general education helps foster critical thinking and creativity." This “critical thinking and creativity” is later defined by Zakaria as innovation, He states that “innovation is… understanding how people and societies work… need and want." Directly following this claim is a slew of evidence, in favor of Zakaria’s primary claim, that includes statistics based on test scores from international STEM testing in 2012, and statistics on the countries with the top “venture-capital investments as a percentage of GDP." These statistics build Zakaria’s logos by adding real life support to his claim. Zakaria then transitions to his next secondary claim, that “companies often prefer strong basics to narrow expertise." This claim is supported by four
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