School Should Continue Expanding STEM Focus

When the level of education in the United States, is compared to that of other developed countries, it scores dismal ranks of 23 in math and 31 in science. This is a major fault in the education system, especially as college graduates continue to have an increasingly harder time finding jobs in the U.S.

However, despite a current grim outlook on STEM learning for many public high schools in the United States, our school is now boosting its involvement in STEM education.

One of the main four points in school’s six year plan from 2011 to 2017 is the focus on “opportunities as well as achievement” of students in the four subjects of STEM. STEM is very important to the academic achievements of the school, and the school is currently doing a very good job in making STEM a strong focal point.

“Our school is committed to creating more opportunities and making more kids aware of these opportunities,” guidance counselor Ryan Carter said. “There are so many jobs opening up that need STEM education, especially in this area.“

Our school currently has a strong focus on STEM, holding STEM week annually along wth the addition or revision of courses in the STEM field, such as AP Computer Science and Multivariable Calculus. These additions will better prepare future college students and graduates for STEM degrees, and eventually, a good STEM-based job.

The Bay Area is the largest technological hotspot in the United States, as other regions in California and other states in the country lag behind in STEM-based improvement. The MVLA school district, for example, has many more financial resources for its students than many cities and towns in the United States In addition, a greater number of people in school administration are familiar with or have a background in STEM, so giving them a better idea of what STEM should be about.

Obama recently addressed a group of over 100 middle schoolers and high schoolers with this message during the second White House Science Fair of 2012. He talked about how Americans are an explorative people, but without the proper tools to explore the unknown and uncharted, we won’t be able to get very far.

“The belief that we belong on the cutting edge of innovation, that’s an idea as old as America itself,” President Barack Obama said. “You think about our Founding Fathers—they were were all out there doing experiments—and folks like Benjamin Franklin and Thomas Jefferson, they were constantly curious about the world around them and trying to figure out how can we help shape that environment so that people’s lives are better. It’s in our DNA.”