"We don't understand the formation of interest in STEM disciplines," admits Fitzgerald. "It's been hard to move the needle. Is it that one teacher that makes a difference?
"What we know is that few 12th graders are interested in these disciplines, about 50% switch to other majors in college, only 19% graduate with a STEM degree, and only 10% of those go into STEM jobs."
First of all, if there is a coming worker shortage, its pretty ironic to talk about it right now when plenty of tech workers cannot find a job, are being paid less, or are working under their potential.
BY the way - STEM stands for science, technology, engineering and math. I work in technology and I HATED those STEM subjects in school. I was a Sociology major in College. And yes - one teacher can make the difference. One terrible math or science teacher can ruin the subject for students. Girls in school can particularly have a hard time with the way abstract mathematical concepts are presented.