The STEM Crisis Is a Myth

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    Sep 02, 2013 8:56 PM GMT
    Interesting argument.

    http://spectrum.ieee.org/at-work/education/the-stem-crisis-is-a-myth
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    Sep 03, 2013 3:33 AM GMT
    All True.......



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    Clearly, powerful forces must be at work to perpetuate the cycle. One is obvious: the bottom line. Companies would rather not pay STEM professionals high salaries with lavish benefits, offer them training on the job, or guarantee them decades of stable employment. So having an oversupply of workers, whether domestically educated or imported, is to their benefit. It gives employers a larger pool from which they can pick the “best and the brightest,” and it helps keep wages in check.


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    The nature of STEM work has also changed dramatically in the past several decades. In engineering, for instance, your job is no longer linked to a company but to a funded project. Long-term employment with a single company has been replaced by a series of de facto temporary positions that can quickly end when a project ends or the market shifts.


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    a STEM knowledge shortage, (not a STEM worker shortage) To fill that shortage, you don’t necessarily need a college or university degree in a STEM discipline, but you do need to learn those subjects, and learn them well, from childhood until you head off to college or get a job.