Educational Technology

April 25, 2019

STEM Is Not All That Matters

Filed under: Educational Technology — admin @ 12:42 am

By Ryan Khurana, Catalyst Independent
In the White House’s recent executive order, dubbed the “American AI Initiative,” there was a notable focus on Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) education and its role in securing American technological leadership.  While it is certainly true that technical skills are lacking, these pivots may be harmful to sustainable growth. It is undoubtedly the case that greater STEM competence increases the likelihood of scientific breakthroughs, new technologies, and medical advances, but none of these in isolation have an outstanding social impact. They need complements, from business, policy, and media, who are able to help spread and magnify their potential. A narrow focus on STEM alone does not enable these to arise. The fact that we have had so many new technologies appear in recent years, but they have only marginally contributed to increased productivity, indicates that there is a need for these complements.

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