Emphasis on S.T.E.M. beneficial to young students

Mia Washington, Staff Reporter

As of recent, it has become imperative in preschools and elementary schools across the country to use the program S.T.E.M. in the early childhood development of toddlers.

According to the National Science Foundation, “In the 21st century, scientific and technological innovations have become increasingly important as we face the benefits and challenges of both globalization and a knowledge-based economy. To succeed in this new information-based and highly technological society, students need to develop their capabilities in STEM to levels much beyond what was considered acceptable in the past.”

Although the demand for S.T.E.M. is apparent, many question whether or not this work will be too complicated or demanding for small children or if it is beneficial and will work in the long run.

However, for these young people, it has been proven that it is urgent that they learn these skills to prepare themselves for the fast-paced society that we live in. In this technological age, the jobs in our near future will all be–in some way at least–be related to one field of STEM. Some may argue that if all education relies heavily on a STEM curriculum, our youth will lose out on learning fine arts and liberal arts. But that’s only if a school is executing this sort of curriculum improperly. Advancement in technology allows the research and practice of so many new exploration opportunities for any subject in fine or liberal arts.

Additionally, S.T.E.M. occupations, according to the U.S. Department of Commerce, are growing at a faster rate than other occupations, and their starting salaries are higher than other occupations, as well.The skills required to excel at S.T.E.M. will be useful in the future. In addition, most jobs will require a basic knowledge of sciences and mathematics.