Regrettably, most American students experience STEM learning as an exclusive, individual, theoretical and “formulaic” enterprise. By decoupling STEM education from the human experience, we have distorted the essential nature of the scientific enterprise and advanced instrumentalist and utilitarian rationales for pursuing STEM careers—global economic superiority and technological competition.
Marshall, Stephanie Pace, “Igniting and Nurturing the Next Generation of STEM Talent, Innovation and Leadership, by Design.” Background Materials. Expert Panel Discussion on Preparing the Next Generation of STEM Innovators. Arlington: National Science Board, 24-25 Aug 2009.