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How to Channel STEM-Mania Into Real Learning

Real Clear Education – Richard C. Larson

Each year, it seems, the pressure for a young person to get into a good college or university becomes greater. Underlying much of the pressure, almost hysteria in some American households, is a four-letter acronym – STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics). Think of the largest, fastest-growing U.S. companies – Apple, Google, Amazon and Facebook – all hi-tech STEM companies. But STEM talents are also valued by Disney, American Airlines, Uber and even the New England Patriots. Most traditional trades – auto mechanics, electricians, HVAC mechanics and the like – now require STEM knowledge. STEM job growth exceeds that of any other major sector of the economy, and salaries are good and rising.”(more)

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