Sputnik Nostalgia

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Science  05 Oct 2007:
Vol. 318, Issue 5847, pp. 17
DOI: 10.1126/science.1150389

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Here we are, in the middle of an intense struggle over how we can improve the education of young men and women about science. In the United States, we have the America COMPETES legislation, with its emphasis on STEM, the rather dull acronym for science, technology, engineering, and mathematics education. Some nations thought to be better at STEM than the United States seem to be worrying too. My present job sometimes leads people who are concerned about the quality of science education to ask me questions like this: "What must happen to wake us up and get us really committed to this?"