Being Conscientious About the Buzz Around STEM Education

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There’s no shortage of attention on science, technology, engineering and math education in the United States these days. As expectations about STEM's promises grow, leaders in politics, education and business may even find themselves echoing popular sentiments about STEM they don't fully understand. Alexandra Ossola, who covers STEM education for The Atlantic, writes:

"STEM can sometimes be an overused buzzword, the negative impacts of which are felt by students who don’t get a quality, well-rounded education. But in general its hype is justified because students simply need greater scientific and technological literacy than they did before to function in today’s society and economy."