Our nation’s future competitiveness relies on having a workforce highly skilled in mathematics and science. Yet efforts to educate our young people in these critical areas, particularly at the secondary school level, have fallen behind those of almost all other advanced nations. The President’s Council of Advisers on Science and Technology is preparing a report advising the Obama administration on ways to improve science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) education, especially at the K-12 level.
On September 13, the Center for Technology Innovation at Brookings and Math for America hosted a discussion about key issues in STEM education. A panel of leaders from academia, Congress and the administration, moderated by Brookings Senior Fellow E.J. Dionne, Jr., focused on these critical issues, including the development of a steady supply of outstanding teachers in math, science and technology Eric Lander, co-chair of the Council of Advisors on Science and Technology, provided preliminary insights gleaned in the course of the PCAST’s ongoing study.
After the program, panelists will take questions.