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SMT education and the changing economy 

The 20th century has demonstrated the ability of science, mathematics, and technology to transform the world we live in; the 21st will make the case even more strongly. As this shift continues, an ever-higher percentage of jobs available in developed countries will require SMT expertise. This is especially true given the collapse of the financial markets and the federal governments subsequent emphasis on increasing funding science, math, and technology endeavors.  Within ten years, the Bureau of Labor Statistics reports, SMT-related jobs will account for around a quarter of the U.S. workforce. Even those who don’t become SMT professionals cannot afford to fall behind. SMT will play a role in virtually every sector of the job market, and new technologies and advances in science will affect everybody’s way of life. The next generation of citizens will need to be conversant with SMT in order to make responsible decisions as professionals as well as for themselves and their communities.  When designing and promoting new SMT programs, it is essential to communicate how necessary they are, both within the school district and throughout the wider community.

How will the 2009 federal stimulus package and budget impact SMT education?

What role does SMT education play in preparing students for the changing economy?

What programs have districts implemented to address this issue?

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