Authors: Frank Press
Addresses: President, US National Academy of Sciences, Washington DC, USA
Abstract: According to the author, the educational system in the USA is in trouble. In 1986, for instance, half of the high schools in the USA failed to provide a single physics course, and one quarter offered no chemistry courses. The reason for this is a lack of qualified science leathers. Since the mid-1970s the numbers of bachelor and PhD degrees awarded to US citizens has levelled off, while demand has continued to increase. The resulting shortfall puts US technological competitiveness at risk. The author asks what can be done about this situation, and offers some suggestions.
Keywords: educational system; USA; United States; technological competitiveness; skilled labour force; demographic change; doctoral qualifications; bachelor degree qualifications; higher education.
International Journal of Continuing Engineering Education and Life-Long Learning, 1991 Vol.1 No.4, pp.311 - 318
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