STEM Education Is the Key to the U.S.'s Economic Future

We need to encourage more students to pursue science, technology, engineering, and math.

<i>U.S. News</i>'s Best High Schools for STEM are leading the push for science and technology education.

Meanwhile, from June 27 to 29, U.S. News will draw together, for the first time, hundreds of business executives, educators, policymakers, government officials, technology experts, philanthropists, community leaders, and association chiefs to develop solutions to the jobs crisis in the STEM fields.

This public-private cooperation is an example of business's recognition of the importance of STEM to our economic future. Business needs a talent pipeline providing the skilled employees who can routinely use scientific and technological skills in their jobs. Fortunately, more and more companies and their senior executives recognize this and are putting their money where their long-term interests are.

For America, improving achievement in science, technology, engineering, and math will go a long way to ensuring that our country can compete globally, create jobs, and achieve the levels of economic growth that will buttress Americans' standard of living and social safety net. High-quality STEM education represents an opportunity that students, workers, educators, and business must seize if we are to keep the country strong.

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