Opportunity Costs

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While formal education cannot fully prepare anyone for all of life’s challenges, a system that develops critical thinking, literacy, numeracy, communication, and technical skills supports lifelong learning and prepares students for evolving employment needs.

For Canadian students who have completed secondary school with senior-level mathematics, science and technology courses, this can translate in a wide range of career opportunities. But for younger students who are dropping non-mandatory STEM courses, the future may not be nearly as bright.

Students, parents, teachers and guidance counselors need to understand that opting out of senior-level math, science, and technology courses in secondary school can limit their future academic pursuits and career paths—that’s why early awareness is key.

Most students know about “traditional STEM careers,” such as physicians, nurses, IT specialists, science teachers and statisticians. But they may not know that many other college, university and skilled-trades programs and careers also require STEM-based learning, literacy and skills.

In tomorrow’s world, STEM-related skills will be highly valuable—what will you do to ensure that students continue to engage with these important subjects?

Source: Spotlight on Science Learning: The High Cost of Dropping Science and Math