Why Technology Education?

Tapping America’s Potential - Gaining Momentum, Losing Ground
In the three years since the TAP report was released, data on U.S. student performance, global economic competition and the link between innovation capacity and long-term economic performance have only served to reinforce the deep consensus in the business community that the United States must address its competitiveness challenges. American business leaders are more committed than ever to the policy agenda laid out in the 2005 report.

Assessing the Capacity of the U.S. Engineering Research Enterprise
The National Academy of Engineering
The National Academy of Engineering (NAE) Committee to Assess the Capacity of the U.S. Engineering Research Enterprise was charged by the Engineering Directorate of the National Science Foundation (NSF) with conducting a “fast-track” evaluation of (1) the past and potential impact of the U.S. engineering research enterprise on the nation’s economy, quality of life, security, and global leadership and (2) the adequacy of public and private investment to sustain U.S. preeminence in basic engineering research.
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Rising above the Gathering Storm – Energizing and Employing America for a Brighter Economic Future
National Academy of Sciences, National Academy of Engineering and Institute of Medicine.
What are the top 10 actions, in priority order, that federal policymakers could take to enhance the science and technology enterprise so that the United States can successfully compete, prosper, and be secure in the global community of the 21st century? What strategy, with several concrete steps, could be used to implement each of those actions?

Sustaining the Nation’s Innovation Ecosystem:
Maintaining the Strength of Our Science and Engineering Capabilities

The President’s Council of Advisors on Science and Technology (PCAST)
This report emphasizes the strong correlation between mathematics and science education and workforce preparation and the ultimate health of our Nation’s innovation ecosystem.

Skills Shortages, Underemployment and Youth: The Quiet International Dilemma
Kenneth Gray, Penn State University
Worldwide, a paradox is hindering economic growth. Many nations have severe shortages of technicians concurrent with high rates of underemployed among four year college graduates. The fundamental causes are labor market/social misconceptions by policy makers, youth and parents regarding the global high-skills/high-wage labor market. Eight recommendations are made to improve this dilemma. All speak to the importance of technical vocational education (TVE) in creating economic growth and individual opportunity.

Tapping America’s Potential - The Education for Innovation Initiative
Fifteen of our country's most prominent business organizations have joined together to express our deep concern about the United States' ability to sustain its scientific and technological superiority through this decade and beyond. To maintain our country's competitiveness in the 21st century, we must cultivate the skilled scientists and engineers needed to create tomorrow's innovations. Our goal is to double the number of science, technology, engineering and mathematics graduates with bachelor’s degrees by 2015.

Immersing All K-12 Students in Full-Cycle Inquiry Science and Design: Barriers and Recommended Solutions
Christian D. Schunn, Terry Millar, Dan Lauffer and the SCALE Immersion DesignTeam,
University of Pittsburgh and University of Wisconsin-Madison

How can we produce high quality, full-inquiry cycle science experiences (called immersion units) for all students in large urban school districts given the current realities of US education in urban settings? The function of the paper is to bring curriculum designers, learning scientists, and school districts onto the same page for future coordinated curriculum design and adoption of immersion units.