Obama: Science Should NOT be an Afterthought
You hear the statistics over and over again about just how dismally low the US’s math and science test scores are.
But how did we get to this point? When did America become so apathetic about science education in schools?
This is exactly what President Obama addressed recently when he spoke at the National Academy of Sciences.
He explicitly stated that science is “essential for our prosperity, our security, our health, our environment, and our quality of life.”
What is the main concern?
That the US is falling behind in both education and research….and fast.
We need to be devoting more to our GDP to research and development.
Obama’s big GDP push represents “the largest commitment to scientific research and innovation in American history” according to The White House Blog.
Oftentimes it seems that since politics plays such a large role in science, the true intention of discovery gets lost.
By bringing science back to the core of expanding human knowledge, we can prevent our nation from falling behind globally-a fear that many feel has already come true.
By combining innovation and collaboration, we can accomplish a lot more than we think.