STEM Education Is Gaining Importance
STEM education, the thriving concept brought in by The United States of America, is a wildly spreading scenario in the field of education, worldwide. However, we, as the students of the education system that is emerging, must understand that the concept was introduced by the United States, along with the reasons why they began with it.
STEM, as it is an acronym, stands for the terms in the field of education, Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics. The concept was brought into existence after a lot of research by the US, coming to a stand that the jobs in the sectors of STEM increased by 17% every year whereas, the jobs in the other sectors increased only by 9.8% annually.
The reason as to why the initiative was taken in the first place, is that the US might have fallen apart, and it still might, if only not more and more students and youth take an interest in the jobs in the sectors of STEM. The US initiated it, in the schools, with the view that just the way schools incorporate reading of books and studying and researching the important things influencing our lives in the early stages of schooling, if they provided with the STEM education at the early stages of schooling, the students might develop an interest, and henceforth, a passion for the subjects. Doing so, would interest them, to be interested in the job sectors and thereby, increase the number of applicants in the very sectors.
However, many surveys have been conducted since the idea came into existence and the responses are still not crystal clear since the subject is of great dilemma. Even though, many other nations picked up the detailing of the concept and have been trying to incorporate the system into their education, the solid results haven’t started pouring out yet.
In India, organisations like Robo Shiksha kendra, FIRST, NCSM, etc. have started taking a regular initiative to be able to incorporate the system in the education, at the stages as early as fourth grade. Although, countries are promoting the concept, I believe that the idea is for the betterment of economies, and not humans. As are the terms, themselves, extremely specific, they do not allow the flexibility that a human brain and body require to function. We are social animals, but the very concept leaves the human part of existence out of it. We are all told and educated that the humans are the best resources of any organisation or nation. However so, that isn’t something followed rigorously on a daily basis. All we look for, is profit. The shameful part of the concept is, that it neglects the importance of humanised standards of living and convinces us to look at the profitable aspect of life in the early years of childhood itself.
The idea of self-education, reading, being creatively active, listening to good music, having the zeal to create something and strive for a better world to live in, is sadly being faded out. It’s a shame to say that our education system, around the globe is the promoter of the idea of leaving human affection behind to adopt robotism instead. The future, is sadly a mask of fake concepts in the faces of humans. We are all, already dead, while we still breathe. The saying today, we all nurture holds true. “What is dead, may never die!” We, unfortunately enough, are on a path to the same.