The United States prides itself as one of the most innovative and technologically advanced countries in the world. It has long been a land that nurtures intellectual diversity and vibrancy, and many of the scientific discoveries and inventions born here exert far-reaching influences on people around the globe. From Silicon Valley to Wall Street, the accomplishments of the US as a nation would not have been possible without talents in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) fields.
But it is no news that in recent years, US students’ academic achievement, particularly in STEM, lags behind that of their peers in many other countries. Recent data from one of the largest cross-national tests, the Programme for International Student Assessment (PISA), show that 15-year-olds in the US rank the 38th among 71 countries in terms of reading ability, math and science literacy, and other key intellectual skills. Other similar studies, such as the Trends in International Mathematics and Science Study, as well as the National Assessment of Educational Progress, also demonstrate that the future development of STEM in the US does not seem to be optimistic. And what do Americans ourselves think about our STEM education? Unsurprisingly, only 29% rated US K-12 education in STEM as above average or the best in the world, according to a 2015 report from Pew Research Center.
Anyone who has basic knowledge in economics would know that science and technology are crucial factors in a nation’s GDP, income and output, and employment. An advanced level of technological development ensures a strong economy, and hence higher life qualities. Well aware of this fact, Dearest dedicates its effort into inviting STEM experts into the childcare industry, in the hope that more of our children would grow up to contribute to areas where the country needs them the most.
This effort does not at all interfere with the belief that our children have the freedom to pursue whichever subject they find their passions lie in, and it is by no means that humanities, social sciences, and the arts are less valuable nowadays. They are still important, maybe even more so in today’s changing social and political environment. But a continually energetic growth in STEM serves as the basis of all our endeavors for a better society. Dearest is excited to help you in this journey and see what wonderful things our children can grow up to build.