Just last month, President Obama had this to say during the second annual White House Astronomy Night:
“Some of you might be on your way to Mars,” the president told the crowd of future astronauts and scientists. “America can do anything! We just gotta keep on encouraging every new generation to explore and invent and create and discover. We got to keep encouraging some young kid in Brooklyn or a budding rocket scientist in Alabama or that young girl who’s dreaming to become an astronaut.”
Then why, some would argue, is action not measuring up to words?
“People like to talk, but the actions don’t measure up to words,” says City College of New York physics professor Michael Lubell. He’s also a fellow at the American Physical Society, which has long sounded the alarm on the need to bolster physics, science and math education. “STEM today is the child left behind. And it’s being left behind at the juvenile level,” Lubell says.