A recent article by Sean Cavangh from Education Week talks about how more students who are in the STEM field end up leaving the field. They “don’t last in graduate studies and the workforce” and this is not due to a lack of talent either. The assumption made by officials and policymakers is the schools in the States are not grooming enough students with sufficient talent to make it in the STEM fields (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math); however, the new study shows that top-tier high school students choosing STEM dropped from 29% to 14% between the 1990s and 2000-2005.
Are STEM jobs no longer attractive to students for some reason? Or is it because non-STEM jobs such as business and law and health care are more stable, higher paying, and more prestigious? What are your thoughts?