In the Huffington Post blog this week the focus of an article by Matthew Lynch is on STEM funding and its current threats. While I agree that science, technology, engineering, and mathematics — STEM education — and its funding is very important, there is a broader picture here.
The Federal Government can continue to keep throwing more money at STEM education. However, if the entire system does not change through drastic reforms and there is a lack of a thought-out targeted funding of STEM programs, then their efforts are wasted. The public outcry from all of the evidence of the failure of education in America, shows the need for reform. The typical solution is to improve a part here and fix another section somewhere else. We cannot fix it piece by piece. Another problem will always surface. The students need to be actively engaged in learning by teachers that have competed and recruited for the most ideal teaching position at a specialized school. We can achieve this by bringing about some serious educational reforms and school choice.
What specialized schools would you expect to see emerging from such drastic reforms and expanded school choice? Are you in support of STEM education?