Rhode Islanders should be somewhat familiar with the STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) program. It’s a huge part of the United States’ public education agenda and its purpose is to replenish our pool of scientists, engineers and mathematicians. It’s pretty important stuff and a recent report found that Rhode Island student’s STEM scores were not only shameful, but student interest in STEM courses were equally embarrassing. Like I said, we’re no stranger to STEM.
The public education system has been letting down our children for some time. Women only hold about 24% of the STEM related jobs and enrollment by females in STEM programs at colleges and universities is low. This is the STEM gender gap, and liberals have found a solution… well a workaround. Liberals don’t like solutions, they’re problem enders.
A paper titled “Equilibrium Grade Inflation with Implications for Female Interest in STEM Majors,” by Naval Postgraduate School professor Thomas Ahn, Duke University economics professor Peter Arcidiacono, Duke University researcher Amy Hopson, and James R. Thomas of the Federal Trade Commission, concludes that female enrollment in STEM programs at colleges and universities can mostly be attributed to high grading standards and policies in these fields.
So, women choose not to enter STEM related jobs because of demanding grading policies? The reason that sounds insulting is because it is and it gets worse.
From their research, they concluded that when it comes to choosing a field to pursue, grades are a big factor for women. When you add to the mix that women are more sensitive when it comes to strict grading policies, you get less women in STEM fields.
Got it? Women get too emotional when they get a bad grade and since STEM courses can be intense, they avoid it all together.
It gets worse.
The liberal’s solution to this “Gender STEM Gap” isn’t getting kids interested in science and math earlier in their education or questioning why some kids have better life coping skills than others. No, stopping the cause of the problem makes sense. It’s better to ignore it and let it just compound on itself throughout life.
The solution would be that colleges and universities should make STEM courses easier for women. First because females, in general, don’t perform as well as their male counterparts (although women score higher in STEM courses than men) and second, since female students put more stock in higher grades than males, making STEM courses easier will attract more female students.
That’s exactly what this country needs. A generation of substandard scientists, engineers and mathematicians.
Affirmative Action was just a horrible idea on so many levels, it was also insulting. Would you rather send your child to a doctor who was the product of Affirmative Action or one who got there because they were the best and not a tick mark on some social justice spreadsheet?
You would have thought we had learned our lesson when the Barack Obama decided that there wasn’t enough diversity with our air traffic controllers and changed the hiring requirements to remedy it. The result, experienced potential air traffic controllers were denied employment in favor of a diverse workforce with unqualified workers directing the flow of airplanes.
So, let’s further dumb down our schools in the name of inclusion, because we all know this isn’t about equality. If they wanted to make the playing field even, they would tackle the causes of failing education system and not continually lower the bar as the problem gets worse.
Currently women in STEM careers typically make more than men and that’s a gender pay gap that will reverse itself if this “solution” is implemented. At least the liberals will have something else to complain about.
Allan Giberti is the host of RI Red Radio on 990WBOB.com. You can listen to Allan live on Mondays at 7pm and Tuesdays at 8pm. All times Eastern.
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