Is There a STEM Shortage?

The STEM shortage is a manfactured crises. Louisiana has reorganized the department of Education onlong STEM lines based on a firm belief in this faux crises and laid off most of our arts folks. As usual, we have done the wrong thing for the wrong reason under John White and Jindal. If nothing else, we are consistent.

Diane Ravitch's blog

We hear repeatedly about the shortage of qualified
engineers and the need for more science, technology, and
mathematics majors. I am all for that. I would also like to see
more majors in the arts, philosophy, history, government,
literature, and world languages. This reader–who signs as
“Democracy”–offers thoughts about “the STEM crisis”–and examines
the role of Lockheed Martin’s Norman Augustine, who has been
outspoken on this and other educational subjects. (See his defense
of standardized
testing here.
). And more on “the STEM crisis” here.
But Augustine and the president of Cornell wrote an article
stressing the importance of the humanities and foreign languages
here,
while making a case for the Common Core. All seem to be about jobs
and national competitiveness, the aims of the day. . “Democracy”
writes: It seems that former Lockeed CEO Norm Augustine was invited
to tour Charlottesville-area public schools, where
he touted…

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