What will the feasibility of the STEM initiative and its sustainabilty for the future?

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The feasibility of the Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) initiative lies on the current academic and social need for the betterment of mathematical and technological studies. This social need has prompted the creation of the STEM coalition. This coalition is founded upon the tenets that STEM education is essential to develop skills that produce an "effective citizenship" as well as a "well-rounded education". Moreover, future skilled workers in the STEM fields are sure to produce the economic success that a global and fast-paced world will need.

This being said, the combination of interested parties, colleges, professional organizations, and businesses may actually contribute to the firm establishment of a STEM curriculum all over the US; one which will motivate policy holders to continue advocating in favor of it.

The sustainability will depend precisely on the latter fact: the policymakers. This is clear because one of the missions of the STEM coalition reads:

STEM education must be elevated as a national priority as reflected through education reforms, policies to drive innovation, and federal and state spending priorities.

This means one unfortunate fact: it has NOT YET been elevated as a national priority. It also, as the statement says, must be driven by the initiative of the people in charge who manage the federal budget and who make the "general rules". The best way to achieve a top position on the policymakers' list is to provide the data that reflects how a STEM initiative will undoubtedly benefit our nation in both the public and the private sectors.

 

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