What is the feasibility of the STEM initiative and its sustainability for the future?

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STEM is an acronym for science, technology, engineering, and mathematics. Judith Ramaley, a biologist and administrator at The National Science Foundation, introduced the acronym in 2001. The central idea of STEM is a school curriculum built around these subject fields and the training of a future workforce with skills in these areas. STEM has also spread to other countries around the globe.

One reason STEM emerged in the United States at this time was that American students were lagging behind their foreign counterparts in these fields. The 2006 PISA (Program for International Student Assessment) scores ranked the United States at 21st among 30 countries. It was thought that continued academic failure would diminish America's future economic competitiveness. More recent testing data from 2015 indicate that American students have not improved despite an emphasis on STEM.

STEM, like No Child Left Behind (NCLB), is just one of...

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