STEM Education Is Not A Partisan Issue
March 2, 2017
In 2011, GOOD helped launch 100Kin10 as an initiative of the Carnegie Corporation. This week, we proudly signed the 100Kin10 open letter asking for a stronger support system for teachers in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) education. The letter reminds policymakers and the public that STEM education is critical to our economic future, as “ten of the top 14 fastest-growing industries require STEM training.”
The 100Kin10 coalition has committed to recruit and retain 100,000 highly qualified STEM teachers by 2021. Over the past five years, they have brought together a set of 280+ diverse partners to make commitments and prepared 40,000+ new STEM teachers. Through this process, it has become clear that STEM teachers are not receiving the proper training, resources and support needed to thrive and best serve their students.
The open letter calls out the challenges that have repeatedly harmed our education system, “including the underrepresentation of women and minorities in STEM fields; lackluster enrollment for teacher-preparation programs; the high rate of teachers [leaving the classroom]; and an acute need for more early childhood STEM education.” While 100Kin10 is on the right track to reach the 100,000 commitment, and refusing to let anything hold them back, we can all agree that now more than ever is the time to speak up and make real changes in our education system.
Managing director, Grant Garrison, shares why GOOD has always so strongly believed in the 100Kin10 mission:
"GOOD was one of the original 28 organizations that gathered on a snowy day in 2011 to chart a path for what has become a massive, cutting-edge and diverse network committed to ensuring every classroom in America has an excellent STEM teacher—like my mom who taught science and math to elementary school students for over 30 years. We signed this letter because we share a belief that high quality STEM education is essential to our country's ability to solve the big problems—and take advantage of the huge opportunities—ahead of us in the 21st century."