Ask most employers and they will tell you critical thinking is an important skill for job seekers to have.
While schools don’t have classes specifically called, “Critical Thinking,” there’s one topic that can open up student’s minds to thinking out of the box.
Science, in particular, challenges students to ask questions, gather information, deduce and explain a decision based on their experiments. Science encourages exploration, reflection and application of principles. Essentially, science is a machine requiring critical thinking to find new solutions.
A secure grasp of STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) education is important for students who want to succeed now and in the future. Many of the high-paying jobs of the 21st Century involve these subjects. Such positions help further the technology of the world, improving the quality of life for many, and lead those who do this kind of work into a prosperous future of their own.
That’s why Prosperity 2020 greatly encourages STEM education and shares a goal with the Utah Legislature to make Utah a top ten tech center. The key to a prosperous future for Utah and people in Utah starts with education.
The infographic, published by the Smithsonian Science Education Center, below goes into more detail about science education and what kind of a difference a STEM education can have.