by Gary Beach

Boiling the Frog

Jun 13, 20072 mins
Enterprise Applications

Most tech folk I speak with agree: the United States needs to systemically change ,from kindergarten through college, how we teach science, technology, engineering and math, how we recruit and retain competent teachers of those subjects.

Where the disconnect comes is in the word “comfortable”.

It seems we, and I include myself, are too comfortable to “talk” about this issue but few are willing to stand up and do something about it.

I have a theory as to why we talk the talk, but don’t walk the walk of improving STEM education in America.

We are too “comfortable” in our ways.

But more bluntly: we do not yet feel the “pain” of neglecting this area.

One person likened our country’s non action to the proverbial frog in the pot of water… you know if you gradually turn up the heat of the temperature the frog will remain in the pot. And die.

Because he felt no pain.

I have asked many on this topic: what is the “pain” of neglect of addressing science,technology, engineering and math education in America?

A short list of responses include higher unemployment, lower productivity, loss of national esteem.

I want to hear from you, the visitors to

What is the pain of neglect? What does its’ face look like? When will we feel the pain?

If you think I am carrying this issue too far in one direction and your pov is that STEM education in America is up to par with global standards, stand up and tell me so.

Don’t sit on the sidelines! Get involved in the debate.

The future economic vitality of our country is the only thing at stake!

Gary Beach, CIO Magazine