President Obama recently addressed the country with his State of the Union speech. A major concern? That U.S. students keep up academically with other nations so our country will continue to thrive as a world leader.
The 2009 National Assessment of Educational Progress shows Barack and his team will have their work cut out for them. Less than half of students who took the exam were considered proficient in science and many more had results showing just minimal science knowledge.
Arne Duncan, the U.S. Education Secretary, is concerned that these stats show American students aren't getting the prep they need to thrive in a technology-driven world and become successful inventors, doctors, and engineers.
At the high school level, 71 percent of black students, 58 percent of Hispanic students, and 21 percent of white students scored below the basic knowledge level. To combat the academic decline, the President wants 10,000 new science and math teachers in schools over the next two years.
"Maintaining our leadership in research and technology is crucial to America's success," Obama said in his speech. "But if we want to win the future...then we also have to win the race to educate our kids... We need to teach our kids that it's not just the winner of the Super Bowl who deserves to be celebrated, but the winner of the science fair."
How are the science classes in your school? Could they use improvement?