Despite a push to increase interest in STEM careers, many high school students aren’t getting the classes they need to be successful in a STEM major.
A recent article from The Hechinger Report examined the disconnect, noting that just 39 percent of high school grads in 2013 took a single physics class.
“The problem is the product of a vicious cycle,” wrote reporter Tara Garcia Mathewson. “With relatively few high schoolers taking physics, few go on to major in physics in college, which limits the supply of physics teachers, which, in turn, limits the number of students who can take a physics course in high school.”
But experts say a familiarity with physics is crucial to success in many college majors related to science, technology, engineering, or math.
“Taking the course in high school is strongly correlated with getting a degree in a STEM field,” Mathewson wrote.
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