Interesting idea, but won’t this really just help to make the education gap even bigger in the other areas of learning? I think there should be a break for business and other areas as well, myself.
In an effort to increase the study of math and science at American universities, lawmakers are considering a bill that would pay up to $10,000 for student’s accumulated loan interest through college. The benefits would be available to those studying math, science, engineering and technology, provided that after graduation students work in their fields for at least five years. Dubbed the Math and Science Incentive Act of 2005, the act’s aim is clear: spur more learning and teaching in the sciences (loosely construed).
While the United States is still reaping the benefits of past investments in research and development and education, we are depleting the supply of intellectual capital,” Rep. Vern Ehlers, R-Mich., said Tuesday at a press conference announcing the introduction of the bill. “This comes at a time when the performance of U.S. students in math and science lags behind their international peers. Clearly, we must recommit ourselves to leadership in science, technology, mathematics and engineering. This legislation puts us on the path toward ensuring that we have STEM teachers and workforce professionals in place to ensure economic and national security for future generations. [Read the rest]