President Obama believes “The quality of math and science teachers is the most important single factor influencing whether students will succeed or fail in science, technology, engineering and math.” The problem is that our “quality” teachers and their administrators are not given the freedom to support children in ways that will produce the scientists and innovators our country needs. This is because we are stuck in an outdated system that values test scores and grades rather than creativity and innovation.
This is no secret. America’s great scientists and innovators have been clear about how our nation’s schools need to change to support great thinkers like themselves. Unfortunately it seems those with the power to make decisions (the politicians and corporations) are not listening to the very type of people we say we want our students to become.