A STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) education initiative is long overdue! Data on science education in America collected over the past few years is bracing. By the time U.S. students reach their senior year of high school, they rank below their counterparts in 17 other countries in math and science literacy, according to the Third International Mathematics and Science Study, the largest international study of scientific achievement ever conducted. In physics, U.S. high school seniors scored last among 16 countries tested. The depressing reality is that when it comes to educating the next generation in these subjects, America is no longer a world contender. You don't have to be a scientist to recognize that the status quo is a recipe for big trouble.
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