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ERIC Number: EJ855272
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2007
Pages: 10
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: N/A
ISSN: ISSN-1084-6522
Addressing the STEM Challenge by Expanding Specialty Math and Science High Schools
Atkinson, Robert D.; Hugo, Janet; Lundgren, Dennis; Shapiro, Martin J.; Thomas, Jerald
NCSSSMST Journal, v12 n2 p14-23 Spr 2007
If America is to succeed in the innovation-powered global economy, boosting math and science skills will be critical. This is why a wide array of task forces and organizations has recently raised the clarion call for more and better scientists and engineers. While the policy proposals offered are wide ranging, one key policy innovation has surprisingly been largely ignored: the role of specialty math and science high schools. Today, there are well over 100 of these high schools throughout the nation. And evidence shows that these schools are a powerful tool for producing high school graduates with a deep knowledge and strong passion for science and math that translates into much higher rates of college attendance and graduation in scientific fields. As a result, any solution to the scientist, technician, engineer, and mathematician (STEM) shortage must include a national commitment to expand the number of specialty math and science high schools. The United States faces a new and pressing competitiveness challenge as a growing number of nations seek to gain global market share in technology-based economic activities. In this article, the authors address the STEM challenge by suggesting the expansion of specialty math and science high schools and the development of institutional partnerships. (Contains 3 figures, 1 table, and 27 endnotes.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: High Schools
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: United States