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Posted on Tuesday October 18, 2011 by Staff Writers Ever since the Cold War, American schools have placed almost all their eggs in the STEM education basket. Successes in science, technology, engineering and mathematics are held up as the pinnacle of academic — if not human — achievement. As a result, teachers with a particular proficiency in these umbrella fields enjoy high demand. So if they want to remain competitive, maintaining awareness of the latest changes, news, discoveries, policies and more is absolutely essential.
Bo Miller is global director of corporate citizenship for Dow Chemical Co. and president and executive director of its philanthropical foundation. Less than half of high school graduates are ready for college-level math and less than a third are ready for college-level science in the United States, according to the ACT's Condition of College & Career Readiness report. The United States is clearly falling short in the areas of science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) education needed to produce the world-class talent that will be critical to fulfilling the requirements of the 21st-century workforce. Revitalizing STEM education and increasing the number of students who choose STEM majors and careers is imperative for the future of the advanced manufacturing industry in the United States.