The National STEM Teacher Shortage Threatens Future Prosperity (Opinion)
More than half the nation’s school districts report struggles in recruiting and retaining qualified STEM teachers. Although American business continues to drive innovation, the ability of our public education system to sustain the pipeline of STEM talent that enables it “is very much in doubt.” So how can we prepare, recruit and retain the teachers we need to place skilled and knowledgeable educators in every STEM classroom? We should first recognize that the STEM teacher shortage is not just a problem for our schools to deal with on their own. Nor will it be resolved entirely through raising teacher pay. The challenge calls for a multifaceted response at both the federal and local levels. School systems should work with universities and teacher training programs to create incentives that encourage young people to enter the teaching profession and focus on STEM subjects.
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