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Why Businesses Must Push Science Education

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There's an argument taking place about America's dwindling stock of talent in science, technology, engineering and math. One side argues that a society built on  inventive, empathetic, and big-picture capabilities will rely more on right-brain qualities such as artistry, design and conceptual thinking than on the left-brain skills of scientists and engineers. Gregory S. Babe, president and chief executive officer of the Bayer Corp., is in the other corner. Babe, who holds a mechanical engineering degree, thinks people who show equal strength on both sides of the left-brain, right-brain divide are invaluable to any company. Babe  argues that every one of us can improve the quality of our lives if we  develop both sides of our brains. He is the driving force behind a volunteer-led program at Bayer called Making Science Make Sense, whose goal is to both jump-start childhood interest in science literacy and to rethink the way science is taught in the classroom.

Babe discusses the role science plays, and should play, in today's big businesses in this recent interview.


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