Even with these two initiatives in place, America’s STEM education system continues to lack. According to a study conducted by the Pew Research Center, out of 5,000 responses, only 25% believe that America’s STEM programs are the best in the world; even more worrying was the response from those holding a degree in a STEM field: just 13% feel that America’s K-12 STEM education system was above average.
The survey also revealed that several aspects of the system seem to be dysfunctional. 55% percent of those surveyed believe that teachers spend too much time meeting state demands instead of focusing on practical uses.
With positions in STEM on the rise, our education system needs to find a better way of educating our youth so that America is on the forefront of innovation in STEM.