President Trump Says He Will Expand Access to STEM Education

President Donald Trump giving the 2018 State of the Union Address.

The White House released a statement yesterday from President Donald Trump about how he is working to ensure all Americans have access to STEM education. 

“My Administration will do everything possible to provide our children, especially kids in underserved areas, with access to high-quality education in science, technology, engineering, and math,” Trump said.

The Trump administration has swallowed the workforce development model of education hook, line, and sinker. Because of this, I don’t think we can reasonably expect any significant positive changes in education policy. 

The White House Office of Science and Technology Policy released a report by the Committee on STEM Education of the National Science and Technology Council that outlined the Administration’s plan for STEM Education.

They stated three goals:

  • Build Strong Foundations for STEM Literacy by ensuring that every American has the opportunity to master basic STEM concepts, including computational thinking, and to become digitally literate. A STEM-literate public will be better equipped to handle rapid technological change and will be better prepared to participate in civil society.
  • Increase Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion in STEM and provide all Americans with lifelong access to high-quality STEM education, especially those historically underserved and underrepresented in STEM fields and employment. The full benefits of the Nation’s STEM enterprise will not be realized until this goal is achieved.
  • Prepare the STEM Workforce for the Future—both college-educated STEM practitioners and those working in skilled trades that do not require a four-year degree—by creating authentic learning experiences that encourage and prepare learners to pursue STEM careers. A diverse talent pool of STEM-literate Americans prepared for the jobs of the future will be essential for maintaining the national innovation base that supports key sectors of the economy and for making the scientific discoveries and creating the technologies of the future.

One of the ways the Trump administration would like to accomplish these goals is through increasing work-based learning:

Strategic partnerships that promote work-based learning (WBL) experiences offer powerful, relevant ways to ensure that STEM learning is authentic and engaging, and that learners are prepared to succeed in the modern workforce. Learners who have access to WBL opportunities—ranging from elementary school workplace visits, to secondary pre-apprenticeships, to skilled trade apprenticeships, to research experiences and internships for undergraduates and graduate students—are better prepared to transition into the skilled workforce. Although WBL policies and practices vary widely across the country, communities can consider adopting components and promising practices that include a consensus definition of WBL, a strategic plan, a coordination entity, outreach strategies, and clear communication.

Read the Trump Administration plan below:

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4 thoughts on “President Trump Says He Will Expand Access to STEM Education

  1. Must be missing something in the translation. Common Core i.e. socialized education is bad, but the changes that Trump is proposing is bad?
    Moving away from the Progressive model is bad, why? The highest paying majors do not include basket weaving, art or Shakespeare. What is so wrong with encouraging career choices that have a financial reward?

    1. Yes, you are missing something in the translation. I’m talking about the shift away from classical education at the K-12 level. We don’t address higher education.

      1. I’m referring to K-12 graduation requirements that follow the Progressive model. The students are to fulfill many elective hours on art, drama etc to graduate. Very much a one-size fits all model. These electives are more suitable as adult hobbies, not something that will help students get a job or prepare for the future. Why waste their time when so many students aren’t interested in them at all and would not pick up these as hobbies. Schools aren’t day-care centers after all.

  2. My kids wanted phones in elementary school so that they could have a calculator for math (that was their justification). I refused and told them the best calculator that they had rested squarely on their shoulders and they didn’t need anything else. Any kid can pick up “point and click” pretty easy. Sorry, but when I see “coding” being offered to pre school children, I’m thinking that STEM isn’t all it’s cracked up to be. This is just pushing cheap workforce labor for the likes of Gates, Suckerburg, Bezos, Hastings etc. Nothing deep about the STEM being offered in any public school.

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