Education & Training

The use of IT in education. This is not for STEM issues.

Only five percent of U.S. high schools are certified to teach Advanced Placement (AP) Computer Science courses, while only 10 percent of U.S. K-12 schools offer any computer science classes at all.

Computer science education is dramatically under-taught in America's schools. In 41 U.S. states, computer science doesn't even count toward high school graduation requirements. Meanwhile, the number of AP Computer Science courses available in U.S. high schools has decreased by 33 percent since 2005 with the number of students taking the AP Computer Science exam falling to just 30,000 in 2013. In part because of this lack of access to computer science education, only 2 percent of U.S. high school students even study computer programming at all. Read more »

Are Apprenticeships the New Internships?

Roll Call
Rob Atkinson argues utilizing a German-style apprenticeship model in the U.S. is possible but does have its challenges.

Falling Behind?

Inside Higher Ed
The U.S. is in a global competition for innovation-based industries and jobs, and a strong pool of high-skilled STEM workers is central to our future economic success, says Robert Atkinson.

What if We Got Serious About Education?

May 15, 2014
| Blogs & Op-eds

Despite substantial resistance to reforming America’s K-12 education system, change is still possible. Concern for children has never been a partisan issue, and potential benefits far outweigh complaints from those who defend the status quo. To accomplish this goal we need to create an educational environment that is open to innovation, choice, and accountability.

Debating the STEM Crisis-or Lack Thereof

US News and World Report
From 2000 to 2010, the number of STEM jobs grew three times faster than non-STEM jobs, says Stephen Ezell.

The Myth of the Myth of the Science and Engineering Shortage

March 25, 2014
| Blogs & Op-eds

There is considerable, credible evidence that we are facing a STEM worker shortage. We must stop debating the point and focus our efforts on fixing the problem.

"STEM Shortage" Debate Reveals Fundamental Disagreements, Some Common Ground

In a discussion surrounding STEM education and labor policy, ITIF argued there is a shortage of STEM workers that is inhibiting the innovation economy.

ITIF Debate: Is There a STEM Worker Shortage?

March 12, 2014 - 1:00pm - 2:30pm
National Academies' Keck Building
500 Fifth St., N.W.

The issue of high skill immigration is receiving increased attention as Congress considers comprehensive immigration legislation. Underlying this issue is an ongoing debate surrounding the U.S. labor market for high-skill workers, including those in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) fields. Read more »

ITIF Debate: Is There is a STEM Worker Shortage?

State funding per student for higher education has fallen by over 30 percent over the past decade.

As a share of GDP, state government support for university R&D is at the same level as it was in 1991, and only 9 percent higher than it was in 1970. As a result, the federal government must pick up the slack. Unfortunately, this action is not currently happening. In 2013, for example, the budget "sequester" slashed federal R&D investment, much of which flows to universities.