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(2010) 미대통령에게 보낸 백악관 과학자문단의 초중등과학교육에 대한 보고서
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President Barack Obama
The White House
Washington, D.C. 20502
Dear Mr. President,
We are pleased to present you with this report, Prepare and Inspire: K-12 Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) Education for America's Future, prepared for you by the President's Council of Advisors on Science and Technology (PCAST). This report provides a strategy for improving K-12 STEM education that responds to the tremendous challenges and historic opportunities facing the Nation.
In preparing this report and its recommendations, PCAST assembled a Working Group of experts in curriculum development and implementation, school administration, teacher preparation and professional development, effective teaching, out-of-school activities, and educational technology. The report was strengthened by additional input from STEM education experts, STEM practitioners, publishers, private companies, educators, and Federal, state, and local education officials. In addition, PCAST worked with the Office of Management and Budget and the Science and Technology Policy Institute to analyze Federal programs in STEM education.
As you will see, we envision a two-pronged strategy for transforming K-12 education. We must prepare students so they have a strong foundation in STEM subjects and are able to use this knowledge in their personal and professional lives. And we must inspire students so that all are motivated to study STEM subjects in school and many are excited about the prospect of having careers in STEM fields. But this report goes much further than that. It includes specific and practical recommendations that your Administration can take that would help bring this two-pronged strategy to fruition. These recommendations fall under five overarching priorities: (1) improve Federal coordination and leadership on STEM education; (2) support the state-led movement to ensure that the Nation adopts a common baseline for what students learn in STEM; (3) cultivate, recruit, and reward STEM teachers that prepare and inspire students; (4) create STEM-related experiences that excite and interest students of all backgrounds; and (5) support states and school districts in their efforts to transform schools into vibrant STEM learning environments.
We are confident that the report provides a workable, evidence-based roadmap for achieving the vision you have so boldly articulated for STEM education in America. We are grateful for the opportunity to serve you in this way and to provide our input on an issue of such critical importance to the Nation's future.
John P. Holdren