Congress schooled on STEM teaching crisis: STEM = science, technology, engineering, and mathematics

From: The Silicon Investor
The lack of a systemic approach to recruiting, preparing, and retaining teachers in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) has contributed to a shortage of highly qualified instructors in these fields–and this shortage, in turn, threatens the nation’s ability to compete in a global economy: So said speakers at a June 21 briefing on Capitol Hill. Hosted by the American Association of Colleges for Teacher Education (AACTE) and the U.S. Senate’s STEM Education Caucus, the briefing sought to convince members of Congress and their staffs of the need for national strategies and solutions to attract and retain teachers in the STEM disciplines–subjects that are vital, participants said, to preparing students to participate in an increasingly global society. “It is well known that the country’s ability to succeed in the global economy is lagging and that we are losing our unrivaled edge in mathematics, science, and innovation to competitor nations,” said Sharon Robinson, AACTE’s president and chief executive.

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