Great summary of STEM values/tenets.
Bayer Co. began a survey of science education. A report released this year summarizes the data from 15 years of public opinion on STEM.
In summary, 15 universal beliefs emerged:
- Science literacy is critical for all Americans young and old, scientist or non-scientist
- U.S. global economic leadership and competitiveness are intrinsically linked to a robust science and technology innovation pipeline and workforce.
- America’s future STEM leadership is dependent on the country’s ability to recruit and retain more women, African-Americans, Hispanics, and American Indians (underrepresented minorities) in STEM fields.
- Improving science education for all students – especially girls and underrepresented minorities (URMs) – should be a national priority and begin at the earliest possible elementary school level since that’s where the STEM workforce truly begins.
- Science interest and ability are color-blind and gender-neutral: from an early age, boys and girls of all races and ethnic backgrounds are interested in science.
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