As a means of more federal support for developing 21st century skills, President Obama supports new funding for STEM education, and announced that $28 million will be invested in programs increasing the number of teachers across the country.
The federal drive is part of an effort to improve US high school students in STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) classes and increase the availability of qualified teachers. It follows on an initiative that was begun in 2009 in which $260 million was invested in public private initiatives to improve the abilities of American students in math and science over a ten year period.
Mr Obama said that the increase in funding will enable 1 million new students to take science courses during the next two years. Half of the American high schools do not offer calculus, and a third do not offer physics.
With the funding increase, the US can continue to produce scientists and innovators, such as the 18 winners of the National Medal of Science and National Medal of Technology and Innovation at the White House.
“Because of these innovators, our lives are healthier, our economy is stronger, our future is brighter,” Mr. Obama said.