Time to Replace the M in Stem with Manufacturing

Tens of thousands of jobs go unfilled as pathways to the middle class get cut off. We need to get serious about high end manufacturing.

Airbus in the UK

Airbus in the UK flickr photo by bisgovuk shared under a Creative Commons (BY-ND) license

Yes the study of advanced mathematics is critical and explicit biases have left scars across all STEM fields.

Yet we can not let STEM, STEAM, STREAM or whatever you call it, water down content knowledge.

So many STEM conversations boil down to PBL or design based thinking with little regard to actual knowledge.


XAVI IN VIEW flickr photo by rafeejewell shared under a Creative Commons (BY-ND) license

Thinking in mathematical complexities and using numeracy to drive thinking and learning is essential across every field.

Mathematics is transforming high-end manufacturing just as it is science, technology and engineering.

Thus STEM advocates are correct all students deserve access to advanced mathematics trainings, and we need to see and use math in action.

math is scary

math is scary flickr photo by jimmiehomeschoolmom shared under a Creative Commons (BY) license

In this process we can not subjugate manufacturing ,rather we need to elevate our vocational programs to an equal playing field with science, technology, and engineering.

Let’s focus on STEM as an economic engine as well as a mindset and replace math with manufacturing.

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