Experts at the U.S. News STEM Solutions 2012 said it doesn't matter who it is to blame. What's important is that everyone — teachers, business leaders, parents and students — come together and find a solution.
Elson Floyd, president of Washington State University, told USNews.com that the blame tends to trickle down to everyone involved in education. "University professors will look at the students they're getting and will blame the high school. The high school teacher will blame the middle school, and the middle school teacher will blame the elementary school. And all of us are going to blame the parents," said Floyd.
Many of the speakers at the conference said that we all need to do something different to end this crisis. Universities need to better-train their teachers, businesses need to support local colleges in the creation of STEM curricula, and the U.S. needs to celebrate and honor STEM educators like other countries do.
To find out more about what the speakers at the STEM Solutions 2012 conference suggested could end the STEM crisis, read the full report "The STEM Blame Game: There Are Only Losers" by USNews.com.