So, what's the catch? Upon completion of a STEM degree program, graduates must work or teach for four years in a related field. Small price to pay for a full ride, don't you think?
This program creates the incentive to be prepared to enter a STEM degree program and successfully complete it. It could attract some very bright minds into the teaching ranks that may otherwise have taken a different path. I have to admit, if it works, it could possibly turn the tide by taking the math/science education issue to the forefront. And why not? Parents do all kinds of crazy things to prepare their children for athletic scholarships. Maybe this will create the incentive to do a better job of preparing our children for careers in the STEM disciplines. In fact, being a math nerd just might become as cool as being a jock.
Will we develop the talent capable of benefiting from such scholarships? If the situation with public school math education remains on it's current course, many otherwise capable students will miss out on a great opportunity to effect meaningful change. They are going to have to be ready for more than remedial math when they get to college and the time to ask questions is now. Examine textbooks (if your child even has one), ask questions about scope and sequence, expectations, and research the math curriculum in place at your child's school. Take a hard, objective look at what's happening in the classroom and honestly assess whether it's working for your child and will get them to where they want to be.
‘‘I think the challenge is fierce, and I think we have a real obligation to go the extra mile and redo things a bit differently, so we leave this place in better shape than we found it,’’ Baucus said.
Politicians are starting to stand up and take notice. That's a good thing because this just may be THE educational issue of our generation. There is no doubt we need to develop scientists, engineers, and strong mathematical and technological minds if our nation is to find its way through the global maze. But will our children be prepared to take the baton and run with it?
Baucus proposing free college tuition
By The Associated Press
Cross posted at Kitchen Table Math.