The importance of STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) is a continuing theme in this blog. In the UK, an area where we have traditionally outpunched our weight has been in technical innovation, but an identified deficit of several hundred thousand scientists and technicians over coming years puts this area of excellence at threat.
The situation is exacerbated by the fact that the number of females attracted into these areas of employment continues to be low… the deficit cannot be made up without significant numbers of females being attracted into the pure and applied sciences.
Indeed, educational initiatives such as the University Technology Colleges were specifically designed to address this shortfall in scientific and technical skills.
However, the promotion of STEM in the curriculum comes at the cost of the Arts and Humanities subjects and represents a narrower range of experience and expression for individual students, as recently discussed in this article from The Guardian: Stem subject snobbery: a student’s view on why arts subjects matter | Teacher Network