Today, high school students are choosing not to take STEM courses if they are not required. Without necessary prerequisites for STEM majors, students are less likely to pursue STEM careers. Not only are students behind in STEM majors, but several other majors that require STEM classes. For example, math classes are required for Business students. Opting out of math offered in high school adds more courses for the student to complete before they can move forward in college. Fewer graduates in STEM careers is a major concern of corporate organizations with STEM positions to fill.
The U.S. Government is investing in programs to increase STEM education in schools across the country. “Corporate executives are looking for both short-term and long-term return on their STEM investments.” Increasing and emphasizing STEM opportunities, requirements, and pathways is critical to the U.S.’s success in the global economy. Internationally the United States has dropped to “44th in quality of math and science education.” If the number of people in STEM careers is not growing, then the U.S. will fall behind.
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