Those A’s in Math Help Our Economy

economyScience and technology innovation drives the United States economy, according to many sources.  To continue to be a world economic leader, we must increase the number of workers who are educated in STEM fields.  STEM stands for Science, Technology, Engineering and Science.
We have a long way to go.
The average fourth grader scored below Singapore, Taiwan, Hong Kong, and Japan in science in 2007.  The average eighth-grader performed worse than students in nine other countries, including England and Hungary.  And 15-year-olds ranked below 20 other countries, including Estonia, Finland and Korea.  The results are from a Trends in International Mathematics and Science Study.
By doing well in math and science and pursuing careers in those fields, students will help boost the U.S. economy – and that means a better life for everyone.  Parents and educators can play a role by encouraging their students to embrace STEM learning.

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