If ever there was an industry ripe for disruption, the US education industry is it. Statistics show that students educated in the U.S. K-12 system consistently rank below their peers on multiple key measures, particularly in the fields of science technology, engineering, and math (disciplines known as STEM). What’s more, among those students who express an interest in a STEM-related career when they enter high school, nearly 60 percent will change their minds before they graduate. So it’s perhaps not surprising that the World Economic Forum ranks the United States 52nd in the quality of math and science education, and 5th in overall global competitiveness. Clearly, something needs to be done.
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