In our globalized economy, knowledge of different languages, cultures, and social systems is critical. Cultural competence and language education is not a top priority in U.S. schools. Recently, the U.S. Government invested to increase STEM in schools. Unfortunately, language curriculum was not included in the investment….and it should be. Not all who conduct STEM research or work speak one language, therefore mistranslations are common due to lack of familiarity or fluency in a given language. In STEM research, accuracy is key. To ensure accuracy STEM professionals should be familiar with more than one language. The author of “STEM is Missing an Important Subject: Language” highlighted that, “While the majority of scientific studies are published in English, it is far from the official language of STEM, and not guaranteed to remain the dominant global language.”
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