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This is an excellent summary of why we are falling behind when it comes to innovation. Your point about the misconception of "STEM not being for me" is well taken. But I think one of the things to consider is that most schools in the US do not approach the curriculum from a multidisciplinary standpoint. We go through school with our subjects so siloed that we don't even comprehend how well things are connected. My advice, if students won't go to STEM, bring STEM to the students. Kids in music class could learn about the electronics of electric guitars and amplifiers. Art students could learn about the chemical processes involved in photography. There are all sorts of ways to connect different subjects back to STEM. It won't be enough to have more STEM courses, educators need to rethink how we teach from the ground up.
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Sep 26, 2012