Prepare Students For Technical Careers

Abstract:In a global comparison, U.S. high school students are not competitive in mathematics, and relatively few pursue engineering or other technical disciplines when they enter college. A survey conducted by the Society of Manufacturing Engineers showed gaps between industry needs and the training provided by educators. In response to these findings, the K-12 math community has developed new teaching methods that look promising, such as the University of Chicago School Mathematics Project and Western Michigan University's Core-Plus Mathematics Project. If future employees are to have the well-developed problem solving skills essential to quality of life and national security, employers and technical professionals must lend support to school efforts to improve math and science …

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