The world has gotten smaller and we do our children a disservice by not insisting they excel in math and science. In order for this country to retain its competitive edge our future generations will need to out-innovate and out build the rest of the world. We are currently ranked at #65 among all the nations in math and science, what this mean is that we are lagging behind even some third world countries in terms of education.
Finnish 15-year-olds did the best in science and came in second in math. Other top-performing countries were: Hong Kong, Canada, Taiwan, Estonia, Japan and Korea. That means that we need to concentrate on finding the best schools in NJ that have great math and science programs. right now we are in the middle of the pack. It is being predicted that science and technology will be where the jobs of the future are and right now most kids are not preparing for that future. An interest in math and science has to be nurtured from the early years.
Many are looking to the magnet schools or schools for the gifted and talented for answers but what we need is for more main stream public schools in NJ to implement programs that will keep our kids in the running and prepare them for advancement on the world stage. Although some programs target only gifted kids, and still others target minority students for specialized math and science training it should be offered to all.
Right now the High Technology High School is ranked #1 for schools in NJ that teach math and science on a higher level. But not every child will be able to attend this school since it is in Lincroft, NJ. Another top school in NJ is the Biotechnology High School in Freehold. And at #3 is the Dr. Ronald E. McNair Academic High School in Jersey City, NJ. Although there are high schools that teach high level math and science the kids that come in as freshmen are not prepared for it. Therefore, many will opt out of the classes that are not mandatory for graduating. These same kids go on to attend colleges in New Jersey and elsewhere without the proper foundations to succeed. It is the duty of parents and educators to fill in this gap. To lobby for stronger math and science curriculums that starts at the preschool level. Parents should start at home fostering a love of math and science in their children. We have to recognize that without these their futures will not be as bright as they should be.