STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math) has become the buzzword of the decade. It’s sprinkled into every school newsletter and peppered into every welcome-back-to-school orientation.
But all of our STEM awareness is for naught. A big fat zero.
Math labs busts are on on the rise. At least, in Laurel County, KY they are. And five people were arrested. (I’ll bet they didn’t count on that.)
The United States still falls behind the rest of the world in math, and the reasons for our lagging test scores are starting to add up. Multiply that by simple editing skills at the news station and you have the final answer.
Frankly, I’m divided on the issue. Factor in how many labs go undetected, it’s difficult to fault anyone here. It’s a problem that is growing exponentially, with many variables to consider.
And then there are all those teachers pushing math.
But can you blame them?
They’re all just trying to get their piece of the pi.
We need to stay rational. This is not your average quandary. I don’t think we’ll find a simple formula to solve the issue. It’s a complex equation. But the degree of the problem should never be underestimated.
When I brought this latest development to my husband’s attention, he just sighed.
“Dear Jane. Don’t you know? Only squares do math.”
And that, dear readers, is the root of the problem.