Celebrating the Mathematics of Sustainability

There is no getting around it; America’s education system has dropped the ball when it comes to math and science.  According to the National Math + Science Initiative, only 45% of U.S. high school graduates are ready for college-level math, and a shockingly low 30% are ready for college-level science. Have we always been in this position? The answer is a firm, no. Not long ago, 25 years to be exact, the U.S. led the world in high school and college math and science graduation rates. Today, we are 20th and 16th respectively.  This educational vacuum is not just a shame, but also a matter of national security and even more important, our survival on Earth. The world is getting more technically advanced by the second, there is no room to stand still, let alone fall so far behind.

It is with this in mind that the STEM Education Coalition is encouraging educators, parents, and students to take the month of April to celebrate National Mathematics Awareness Month. This year, a group of the leading mathematical organizations, decided on the Mathematics of Sustainability as the theme of the month.  The general idea behind this timely theme is that humanity needs to use mathematics to help balance human needs and the world’s resources.

The hope is that we can get students excited about STEM fields, by linking math and science to the future of humanity. In many ways, this connection could not be clearer.  Only a strong dose of math and logic, can secure the ecological and geopolitical future of the human race.

With many of our clients facing a skills gap in their manufacturing operations or in their engineering staff, it is imperative that more focus on math education is championed in and out of our public and private school systems.  Manufacturing is a key element to our economic recovery and ongoing stability and as a country we need to begin somewhere, and spreading the word about Mathematics Awareness Month is a great place to start. To learn more on how you can take part in Mathematics Awareness Month, visit their website at www.mathaware.org