Science, Technology, Engineering & Mathematics (STEM) are of growing importance as humans figure out the universe, the world goes more digital and technology advances. Below describes what should be done at each level.
AT HOME PRIOR TO ENTRY: Before students go to school or during the pre k and kindergarten entry, the child should learn how to count numbers 0-100, add, subtract, divide and multiply while learning how to use a computer and play games.
ELEMENTARY/PRIMARY: PEMDAS (Parenthesis, Exponents, Multiplication, Division, Addition & Subtraction), environmental awareness, technological use applications, environmental awareness, basic anatomy and the history of science/inventions and the importance of hygiene and vaccinations.
JR HIGH/MIDDLE SCHOOL/SECONDARY EDUCATION: Continuation of Elementary/Primary plus dissection of animals, sample collections and Biological/Chemical principles in addition to sexual education.
HIGH SCHOOL: Require a combination of classes from each section in the chart below to graduate. However instead of a mandated specific order, make it where the student can choose any combination of these in any order and so long as they pass the minimum required credits in each section or total combination there of, they then meet the STEM graduation requirements.
GENERAL EDUCATION REQUIREMENTS IN COLLEGE/UNIVERSITY
Currently most Universities/Colleges (NOT all) under general education requirements require x amount of math hours, x amount of science hours and the technology requirement is met by taking an online class. Most people never even get exposed to an engineering class unless they are Majoring/Minoring in it. In addition most colleges/universities offer both Majors and Minors in STEM subjects, however they come with high GPA requirements and professors actively run out most students in the lower level STEM courses while being difficult for most. In addition most institutions offer free tutoring programs, but they turn it into a joke that does barely anything or nothing for most students. Therefore change is needed that balances the importance of STEM, increases awareness/understanding to the importance of it while teaching people to like it OR at least NOT have a hating passion for it. Instead the math and science should be combined together into one STEM category where if a student desires, they can take all science courses, all technology courses, all engineering courses or all math courses if they so desire in addition to any combination. This allows people to pursue their interest, creates a joy for learning among gen ed instead of mandatory weedout/torture and gets many people to stop resenting STEM.
PROPOSED REQUIREMENT: STEM: 15 CREDIT HOURS
It allows greater customization of courses for students to take while allowing staffing flexibility for universities and encourages students to pursue their passion while increasing graduation rates by NOT having strict general education requirements. In addition it facilitates transfer works, honors those who have served in the nation interest, encourages students to obtain internship and allows a student to do 100% science, 100% technology, 100% engineering and or 100% math in addition to any combination if they so desire.
UNIVERSITY STEM CERTIFICATE IDEA
For many students they want to understand and take STEM course, yet once in them they feel like a looser and are belittled while being run off by the very same professors who claim STEM should be for everyone. Then with the low grades received which would put their STEM GPA below a 2.00 or disqualify them off one course of a D, they stop taking STEM courses all together and focus on other Major requirements. However the Certificate allows them to keep pursuing STEM courses and receive a credential which encourages them to continue advancing in STEM knowledge/pursuit while raising overall STEM awareness among the general population and citizen base while providing the benefit of a certified credential.