People who understand and enjoy math and science have a great curiosity for why and how things work. That curiosity drives them not only to discover and learn, but to innovate and create. I fear that many kids are losing a sense of curiosity too early in their development.
I had become optimistic that as a nation we had finally woken up to the fact that we have a dire need for people skilled in the science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) disciplines. But I stumbled on two articles last week that made me shake my head and wonder -- does our nationreally get it?
JoA strong education system, particularly in the STEM disciplines, is not only crucial to a thriving economy, but also to our national security. I believe there is a shift in the way our country is beginning to view education. The traditional, standardized education system is being challenged by the notion of student-centric, personalized education.
With a strong STEM curriculum in our local schools, it is my hope that we will create a well educated population from which companies like Telos can hire in the coming years. In addition to a strong STEM curriculum, it is my hope that our children will receive a true 21st century education, through initiatives like The JASON Project.
Telos hosted a group of Loudoun County teachers as part of the “Teachers in Industry” program. Yes, it is important for our kids to have a firm foundation of math, science, and English in their education arsenal, but a cultivated set of soft skills will propel them into the professional world.
The importance of STEM education in our country has been a reoccurring theme in my blog—and it will continue to be. STEM education is just that important to me, our industry, and the health of our national security. And unfortunately, we are failing to teach our children a proper STEM curriculum.
I recently joined forces with other members of the Loudoun County education and business communities to form a new political action committee called Educate Loudoun. Put simply, our goal is to make Loudoun’s education system the best it can be. If we make the education system in Loudoun even better than it is, families will want to move here and stay here—making it a catalyst of economic growth.
A few weeks ago, Telos hosted a group of Loudoun County teachers as part of George Washington University’s “Teachers in Industry” program. During the summer, teachers from across the county visit various businesses to learn more about the skills their students will need in order to succeed once they graduate.