Op-Ed: To Close Gap in STEM Pipeline, Engage Families

By Mathnasium | Added Dec 1, 2016

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As founding sponsors of National PTA's STEM Plus Families initiative to boost access to STEM careers by developing, evaluating and sharing effective ways to engage families in STEM experiences, Mathnasium was featured in this insightful op-ed about STEM education on U.S. News and World Report.

The U.S. Department of Commerce reports that science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) jobs will grow 17 percent by 2018. And the growth in STEM jobs will be 55 percent faster than non-STEM jobs over the next 10 years. Although such anticipated growth is encouraging since it supports the theory that a thriving STEM workforce is directly linked to the economic prosperity of the United States, there is still concern: as many as 2.4 million STEM jobs could remain unfilled in the nation by that time.

Is there a solution to help drive our nation's youth into these fast-growing STEM fields and meet the demand for qualified STEM professionals?

According to a new report issued by National PTA, families are the answer.

We know – and decades of research proves – that family engagement is essential to children's achievement, no matter a family's income or socioeconomic background. We also know that families play an important role in helping students...

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