In his October 2023 Guest Commentary in The American Biology Teacher, The “Moonshot” American Science Instruction Really Needs, John Rudolph argued that the supposed dearth of STEM workers is a myth because more people graduate from college with STEM degrees than are needed in the workplace. Thus, teaching that focuses on preparing the future STEM workforce by emphasizing disciplinary content might be misguided because it disenfranchises those students who do not plan to pursue such careers. Overemphasis on content will not enable students to appreciate the importance and relevance of STEM to their lives generally or their ability to analyze problems, an often-stated goal of STEM education. Rudolph concluded by recommending that STEM education should instead enable learners “to truly understand and appreciate where scientific knowledge comes from, what good science looks like, and who it’s smart to trust when it comes to scientific information.”

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