* One Nation, Under Taught by Vince Bertram


I picked up One Nation Under Taught: Solving America’s Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math Crisis because its title hints at tackling the poor performance of American students in STEM fields. I was disappointed. The book is, mostly, a paean to the author’s project, the so-called “Project Lead the Way”, a science curriculum for K-12 students, with a dash of bashing of teacher unions that protect low-performing teachers. Sadly, the good ideas in the book, such as emphasizing STEM disciplines from an early age, or aligning grades better across science and liberal art courses, are lost in the shuffle.

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