Column: Place more emphasis on science, math

The Newtonite

by Connor Vasu
Millions of jobs in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) are going unfilled because this country is not focusing on training for these workers, according to US News.
Because of the lack of quality applicants for STEM jobs, companies are forced to hire workers from countries like China, which put greater emphasis on STEM education. This is especially repugnant considering the current poor state of the U.S. economy. If students received quality STEM education, thousands of unfilled jobs could be filled, and the unemployment rate would go down.
To ensure that students know their XYZ’s as well as their ABC’s, STEM should be at the forefront of all school systems in this country, so students all across the country should be required to take four years of math and science. Currently, students at this school are only required to take three years of both subjects.
STEM degree holders earn more money than non-STEM degree holders, according to the U.S. Department of Commerce. This means it is very beneficial for students to learn more math and science.
STEM employment is projected to rise faster than all other employment combined in the next 10 years, according to the U.S. Department of Commerce, so it is important that students receive an education that will allow them to do these jobs.

Math is the “single most important subject to success,” according to US News.

This school should focus more on STEM by making it a requirement for all students to take four years of math and science just as this school requires four years of English.