Between 1960 and 2013, workers in science and engineering fields have grown at an average annual rate of 3 percent compared to 2 percent overall growth of the total workforce. (iStockphoto)


For more than two decades there has been a hefty investment in science, technology, engineering and mathematics education in the United States. There is no question that this investment has, at the very least, brought the positives derived from better STEM education practices into the national conversation.

The goal of STEM education is to prepare a generation of citizens capable of making evidence-based decisions required for the innovative fields that are driving the 21st-century economy. And to that end, the U.S.'s investment is working. However, this commitment will need to continue in order to ensure accessibility to a quality STEM education for all students if the U.S. is to remain globally competitive over the long term.


Andrew Liveris is the CEO of The Dow Chemical Company.

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