I suggest that people take a look at the new report out from the Information Technology and Innovation Foundation entitled
“Refueling the U.S. Innovation Economy: Fresh Approaches to STEM Education.” I’m not sure I agree with everything in the report, but it’s very interesting. The authors, Rob Atkinson and Merrilea Mayo argue against the idea that everyone needs a little bit of science/math etc, and in favor of the idea of more targetted science/math/engineering education for the students who are really motivated:
This report lays out a blueprint that transforms a weak “Some STEM for All” approach into a more powerful, less costly, and more socially equitable “All STEM for Some” approach. It is based on working to actively recruit those students who are most interested in and capable of doing well in STEM (including currently under-represented groups) and providing them with the kind of educational experiences they need to make it through the educational pipeline and come out able and willing to contribute to growing the U.S. innovation economy.
Worth taking a look.