My rant about the lack of focus on STEM in the United States.
I believe the lack of focus on STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics) will eventually be the downfall of American dominance in the world.
When I look back at how such a young country became such a dominant force, my research delivers me to the 50s, 60s, and 70s. Back then, of course due to the influence of war, America used to have a different attitude about science and technology. There was a huge focus on "The world of tomorrow". There was genuine excitement from the public at large for what the future would hold. Much of this focus stemmed around new technologies like smart homes, and smart cars.
America became a world dominant power after WWII, because we invested in technology. We built the atom bomb, we launched rockets into space, and landed a man on the moon. This feed into the public at large as we literally created new industries that didn't exist anymore. The age of GPS paved the way for innovations in radio, microcomputing, and biology. America was doing things that literally no one else in the world could do. Our economy thrived and we became THE world power.
Cut to 50 years later and there is a toxic air about STEM. We have a society which is turining their backs against what made us great. People are worried concerned because jobs are leaving the United States. Well I say, start doing things that no one else can do again. We've let the world catch up, and in many cases, pass us by.
The keep to making America great again is not religion or clever politics. It is paving the way with new sciences, new technologies, that make America the ONLY place these things can be done.
Unfortunately, we've lost that wonder. We've lost that drive. People don't understand science let alone believe in it's power of exposure. Hopefully, we wake up from our hiatus and return to our wondrous selves.