For many years I have advocated the need to bolster science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) education in the United States. As a high tech company, SAS’ long-term success depends on a strong educational system that produces a steady stream of qualified technical talent.
I am encouraged by the amount of attention the STEM education crisis is receiving from the White House, our education leaders and from the media. This Sunday, CNN will air a documentary titled “Education in America: Don’t Fail Me” that shines a light on the STEM issue, as well as other challenges of our education system. The preview depicts students from various socioeconomic backgrounds that share an interest in science and engineering, culminating in a robotics competition.
Hands-on, interactive projects such as the robotics competition engage today’s students. SAS shares that philosophy, which is reflected in our highly interactive online resources, SAS Curriculum Pathways. SAS is a member of Change the Equation, a CEO-led initiative to improve STEM education in America. The initiative recently released new "Vital Signs" reports that offer state-by-state recommendations on strengthening K-12 math and science to prepare students to compete globally. The reports indicate that all too often the results of state assessments of math proficiency paint an overly positive picture compared to results on national assessments. I applaud states that have strengthened their standards and increased rigor to give more students the opportunity to be successful in college.
If you share my concerns about STEM education and its effects on American competitiveness, I encourage you to tune in Sunday at 8pm ET.