Science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) have become popular discussion topics in education. STEM is so widely talked about, it may feel more like an industry buzzword than it does an important concept for learning and preparing students for the future. However, the truth is that the discussion around STEM is still very important for parents, students and educators alike.
Is STEM valued?
According to STEMconnector, parents believe that reading, writing and math are the subjects needed for future career success. The study cited by The Journal, performed by Morning Consult and commissioned by several organizations, found that 80 percent of parents said reading, writing and math were “very important” while 59 percent said science is “very important.” The report shared that 45 percent of parents believe skills in science are “mostly useful for those in science fields,” meaning that they many do not believe science skills translate to careers outside of a science discipline.
According to Industry Week, 58 percent of parents want their children to be knowledgeable about STEM subjects and 43 percent believe STEM-based careers offer their children a promising future.
Connecting STEM to the real world
As stated by STEMconnector, science and math make up a significant part of everyday life, regardless of career path. Beyond this, the skills developed through mathematics and science education, from problem solving and critical thinking to creativity and flexibility, are valuable to everyone, in any career.
Prioritizing STEM for your child
The many skills developed through STEM education are important for the future success of all children. Whether a child is naturally inclined to love science, technology, engineering and mathematics or not, these skills are assets both in learning and in life. STEM learning can be made interesting and relatable for all students by incorporating hands-on experiences that allow students to apply the lessons to their own lives. For example, taking a lesson on fractions and showing how it applies to baking cookies can help engage students and increase understanding of the importance of fractions in everyday life.