You can't expect an increase in STEM graduates if the jobs outlook in the
long run is not good. While there might be spikes in employment, they are
usually very temporary. The Chamber and other pro-business entities want massive
increases in the H-1B visa, although not mentioned in this article. However, the
already too-high cap on the visa has lead to the following:Studies
done by researchers from Columbia, Duke, Georgetown, Harvard, National Research
Council of the NAS, Rochester Institute of Technology, Rutgers, Stanford, UC
Davis, US Dept. of Education Office of Education Research & Improvement and
others have reported that the USA has been producing sufficient numbers of STEM
workers.Several studies from others have concluded that only about
30% of STEM graduates find work in their field. A 2012 IEEE announcement of a
conference on STEM education funding and job markets stated "only about half
of those with under-graduate STEM degrees actually work in the STEM-related
fields after college, and after 10 years, only some 8% still do"
As the testing for Elementary Students has increased, the emphasis has become
more on math and reading skills. Science and History go out the door because
they are not tested. Over testing can quell a students learning desires because
they only become machines for a teacher to keep her job as the scores determine
if the teacher keeps her job. I know many teachers that are discouraged because
they can't teach to keep the student's interest, they have to focus on
the subjects that are tested. Untie the teacher salary to the
tests, don't threaten the teacher's job with the test scores. The
teacher can't make the kid come to school, the teacher can't make sure
they have an adequate breakfast, or that they get to bed at a decent time and
get enough sleep. They can't make sure that the home life of a student
will do all the things that make it so a teacher can teach. Many
children's interest in science is started in elementary grades, but you
can't keep that interest if there isn't any exposure to it.
To make magic you only need Desire, believe, and expatiation. To make miracles,
you have to have the extraordinary element.
An increase in H1b visas is just a give away to big businesses who want cheap
labor from foreign countries. They call them temporary employees and they
supposedly bring them here to train or they make up some ruse that they
couldn't find a qualified individual, but in reality it is just away for
businesses to get around labor laws in the US. Americans cost the Goldman-sachs,
GMs, L3s and other companies too much so of course these companies have to go
beg politicians to bring in those people that american labor laws wont apply to.
People need to call their politician and demand fair play. Tell them to stop
messing with the immigration system as a way to get cheap labor for companies.