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[Susan notes: Thank you to Stephen Krashen for his relentless pursuit of facts.



Jordan Weissman provided charts about paucity of jobs for scientists in The Atlantic. Gerald Bracey provided statistics about this years ago. But the STEM advocates continue their mantra, undeterred by facts.]

Submitted to US News and World Report but not published
11/13/2013

To the editor



In The Latest Tools for Teaching STEM: Video Games, (Nov. 11), Karen Cator of the Digital Promise company is quoted as saying that "We must engage many more Americans in developing their STEM expertise because the opportunity to find gainful employment is tremendous." Articles are now appearing regularly in the popular and professional press reporting that there is no shortage of STEM (Science Technology, Engineering and Math) workers in the US. In fact, there is a surplus.



For example, Rutgers University professor Hal Salzman has concluded that there are approximately three qualified graduates annually for each science or technology opening and according to the Atlantic (Feb, 2013), the United States is producing more Ph.D.s in science than the market can absorb. Also, about 1/3 of college-bound high-school students take calculus, and only abour 5% of jobs require this much math.



I am all for improved science and math education, but it is not at all clear employment opportunities in STEM are "tremendous."

Stephen Krashen


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