We CAN do something about our deteriorating STEM standing.
The latest TIMSS global evaluation of Science & Maths proficiency shows Australia is slipping further.
But some schools have started a concerted effort to improve our STEM literacy. See Mitcham Primary below:
TIMSS (Trends in Int’l Maths & Science), sponsored by the World Bank, UNDP & US Dept of Education, is conducted every 4 years across 630,000 students in some 60 countries. It measures Maths & Science proficiency at Years 4 & 8. Singapore consistently ranks top worldwide since TIMSS’ inception in 1995.
We can arrest this decline, and even forge ahead, if we address this in the early school years, as they do in Singapore.
A separate 2015 OECD report shows the link between education & economic growth. It argues that the standard of education is a “powerful predictor of the wealth that countries will produce in the long run”. The top performer, Singapore, also ranks among the highest in the world for GDP per capita (http://www.bbc.com/news/business-32608772).
Explore our award-winning STEM toys and Singapore Workbooks (used by several GAT programs) at: http://www.thebalancedchild.com.au/