Re: Microsoft’s ‘National Talent Strategy’ & “Race to the Future’ = Greater Investment in STEM.

Re:  Strengthening American Competitiveness and Creating Opportunity for the Next Generation (Microsoft on the Issues)

This piece does a good job in laying out some of same points we use in our discussion of the skills needed in our future economy.  They of course are focused on getting the highly skilled workers that  future tech companies need (not how to prepare the rest of the children for those future jobs not taken over by their tech).

Focusing so predominantly on STEM as their ‘national talent strategy’ assumes that we we can build a future economy solely on the heads of the small percentage of the kids that survive the boot camp of K-5 literacy and math ready to enter the ‘STEM pipeline'(see link below). I am all for STEM but I think we’d have a greater net number of STEMers if we focused our main efforts on getting more kids READY to learn their way into STEM.


See the linked NAEP results and ask yourself: ‘what does it mean that MOST of our children are CHRONICALLY IMPROFICIENT in the skills most critically important for success in school?’ http://goo.gl/xenLD

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