Improving Math, Science Education

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At last week’s 40th anniversary of man’s first moon landing, US President Barack Obama spoke before NASA scientists not about space exploration or landing on the moon or even Mars. Rather, he used the anniversary of the Apollo moon landing to talk about something closer to earth: Math and science education.Sensing the threat posed by new technology giants like China, India and Korea, the US’ goal is to have the highest college graduation rates of any country by the year 2020, especially in the math and science fields.The plain and simple reason for this is that S&T has a crucial role in accelerating national development. In today’s world, innovation is the driver of growth for any country, including ours.Improving the overall status of S&T requires, first and foremost, an improvement of our education. The decline of science and math skills of Filipinos is part of the overall decline of education in the country. That is why Science, Math, and Engineering Education or the SME panel, is one of the 6 priority panels of the Congressional Commission on Science & Technology and Engineering or COMSTE, which I chair.For a long time now, there has been a need to review academic programs and recast the direction of our education system to respond to changes in the labor market and the global demand. …