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Thursday, 7th December 2006

Poll Reveals Gap Between Public and Policy-Makers on U.S. Competitiveness and Math and Science Education

Poll Reveals Gap Between Public and Policy-Makers on U.S. Competitiveness and Math and Science Education
Source: American Council on Education

Eighty-five percent of Americans view cheap labor rather than the development of a more skilled workforce overseas as the most significant threat to United States competitiveness, according to the results of a poll commissioned by Solutions for Our Future and released today.

While policy-makers and opinion leaders in the United States recently have paid significant attention to maintaining America’s competitive advantage in the global economy and have proposed meeting the challenges by focusing on enhancing human capital in the Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) fields, the public has a different view of the challenge and the potential solutions.

Less than one-third of the public (31 percent) believe that math and science classes offered to students not majoring in those fields are “very relevant” to life after graduation. In addition, only a slight majority of the public (54 percent) believe that all students should have to take more math and science courses.

+ Summary Report of National Survey (PDF; 85 KB)


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