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Misconceptions About Teaching Math & Science

Consider this sobering statement, made by Bill Gates in 2005: "When I compare our high schools to what I see when I’m traveling abroad, I am terrified for our workforce of tomorrow."  Headline after headline proclaims that STEM education in the US is broken.  But what, in fact, is really wrong with it? A recent article in Slate tackles that question by uncovering five common myths and misconceptions that present barriers to STEM education reform. Myth #1: "American schools have deteriorated in the past 30 or 40 years, as demonstrated by our poor performance on international assessments of math and science achievement. We need to restore American elementary and secondary education to their previous glory."  Slate takes the viewpoint that, far from having deteriorated, the American education system wasn't all that great in the first place.  "Incorrectly believing that American students used to excel hampers our reform efforts," the article points out. "It makes the challenge of improving STEM education seem easier than it is." Read on to consider the four other myths that Slate puts forth in this interesting article. See on

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