From the News-Journal:
Florida doesn’t have to zero out anthropology majors — or English or history majors — to pursue the worthy goal of preparing more students to enter professions that require a background in math and “hard” science. And no state leader should take the position that education has value only in the utilitarian sense that it produces worker bees to fill job slots. To remain a great country with a well-rounded economy and culture, we need artists and philosophers as well as scientists and engineers. And, yes, we need anthropologists, too.
But Gov. Scott is absolutely right about one thing: We need more young people to go into technology-related fields…
…The U.S. needs to improve teaching in math and science and do more to encourage K-12 students to take an interest in the STEM fields. By the time students get to college, it’s probably too late to steer them into math and science if they haven’t concentrated on these subjects in middle school and high school. Also, it’s not a good idea to rush students out with a degree who aren’t prepared to compete with budding scientists and engineers in China, India and Korea.
So the governor should do all he can to get Florida students ready for STEM careers. That may mean putting more money into K-12 and two-year college programs — something Scott has been reluctant to do.