The future outlook is bright for careers in the STEM sectors (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics). While currently 1 out of every 18 American workers works in a STEM career, that ratio is sure to shrink in the coming years, as the U.S. Department of Commerce estimates that the demand for these job will grow by 17% by 2018. That figure is nearly double the projected growth for most other non-STEM careers. These occupations offer salaries well above national averages, and projected growth will ensure that STEM-educated workers will remain in high demand.
America’s Alarming STEM Education Numbers
The outlook doesn’t appear quite as rosy for American students regarding their preparedness to step into these careers. Recently, the World Education Forum ranked the U.S. 52nd in the overall quality of education in mathematics and science being delivered to American students. Equally troubling is the United States ranking in preparing students to received undergraduate degrees in STEM fields; we currently rank 27th. It’s not surprising then that nearly 2/3 of all STEM graduate degrees awarded from America’s colleges and universities are going to foreign –born students.
Those alarming numbers all point to the same problem: the core STEM curriculum taught in America’s preparatory schools is not nearly sufficient to prepare today’s students to fill tomorrow’s STEM careers. If you’re one of the parents hoping to help your child be in position to take advantage of all of the benefits and growth that these jobs have to offer, you’re probably just as concerned as the rest us regarding the U.S. school system’s ability to help your son or daughter get there. Yet there are options available for all students from all financial backgrounds to study a quality, STEM-focused curriculum.
Charter Schools Offer Hope for Students and Teachers
Charter schools such as Concepts Schools are privately-operated public schools funded by state tax dollars. Even though they fall under the public school umbrella, they are free from many of the restraints that public schools face in the type of curriculum they can offer and the resources they have to deliver it. This academic freedom typically attracts better teachers and benefits the students.
A total of 41 states currently fund charter schools, and more than 2 million students are currently taking advantage of this specialized education. Concept Schools offers locations in seven Midwest states, including Ohio, Indiana, Illinois, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, and Wisconsin.
Concept Schools vs. Public Schools
Concept Schools’ education model offers a wide array of benefits over traditional public schools, including:
- A staff that’s highly-skilled and educated in STEM disciplines
- Higher educational standards and expectations for students
- Ongoing assessments
- In-home visits from school administrators and teachers
- Saturday parent-teacher conferences
- Community partnerships
The extended school year that charter schools such as Concept Schools offers has been highlighted by the Center for Research on Education Outcomes (CREDO) at Stanford as the primary reason why charter school students are more prepared for college than those of traditional public schools. This level of personalized education throughout the year can surely put your son or daughter ahead of the curve when it comes to his or her college readiness
It’s believed that 90% of prospective STEM workers will have a college degree. An education at Concept Schools can help ensure that your child has that degree in-hand when preparing into enter the STEM workforce.