The U. S. Technology Skills Gap :

Beach, Gary J.

The U. S. Technology Skills Gap : What Every Technology Executive Must Know to Save America's Future. - 1st ed. - 1 online resource (338 pages) - Wiley CIO Ser. . - Wiley CIO Ser. .

Intro -- The U.S.Technology Skills Gap -- Contents -- CIOs Speak -- Preface -- Acknowledgments -- Part One How Did We Get Here? -- Chapter 1 1941: The Subject We Love to Hate -- Math? Not for Me! -- "Minimize the Effect of Schooling" -- Young Adults with IQs of Eight‐Year‐Olds -- The Fall Continues -- President Roosevelt Understands Science -- An Opportunity Lost -- Americans Still Hate Math and Science -- Notes -- Chapter 2 1945: Operation Paperclip -- Nazis Hailed as "Outstanding" Scientists -- Germany's Rocket Man -- The Nazis Get to von Braun -- Time Magazine Paints a Dim Picture of von Braun -- America's Best Rocket: The Bazooka -- Shipped to America -- America Had Space Technology before the Soviets -- Germany Developed the Atomic Bomb First -- Notes -- Chapter 3 1950: Deming Says -- Deming Has an Idea -- The Lecture Series That Changed the Balance of the World Economy -- Japan Embraces, America Ignores -- Datsuns Arrive in Los Angeles -- American Business Leaders Finally Listen -- Lessons from Deming -- Can Total Quality Management Fix the American Education System? -- Notes -- Chapter 4 1952: Boomerang -- What It Means to Teach -- A Teacher Shortage Exacerbates the Educational Challenges -- Another Problem: Crumbling Infrastructure -- Media Critiques Begin -- Back in the USSR -- Boomers Perform Poorly on SATs -- Connecting the Dots -- The Boomerang Theory -- Notes -- Chapter 5 1962: Too Hard to Follow -- The Rationale for the Lunar Landing -- Kennedy in His Own Words -- "It's Just So Darn Hard" -- Students: Math and Science Are Irrelevant -- Culture Counts -- Industry Leaders Offer Advice -- Do Something about It -- American Students Not Measuring Up -- The Results, Please -- How to Do Something -- High School Seniors: No, Thank You -- Perception Is Reality: The Importance ofthe Guidance Counselor. The STEM Pipeline Shrinks More in Higher Education -- Putting Words in the President's Mouth -- Notes -- Chapter 6 1962: Empires of the Mind -- Did You Know? -- The Shift Is On -- The Components of Yuasa's Phenomenon -- Fast‐Forward -- Yuasa's Phenomenon Arrives in America in 1920 -- Youth Rules -- Look to the East? -- Three Patents to the Win -- America's Innovation Ecosystem at Risk -- Does It Work for You? -- The World in 2050 -- Slip Sliding Away? -- Survival Is Not Compulsory -- Notes -- Chapter 7 1963: SAT Down -- The History of the SAT -- Asleep at the Wheel for 14 Years -- The College Entrance Examination Board Responds -- More Competition for the SAT -- Why the SAT Scores Dropped -- How to Get 100 More SAT Points -- Too Much Mediocrity -- Notes -- Chapter 8 1976: Too Many Chiefs -- A Tale of Two Documents -- Keep It Local -- The Great Society Era Ushers in Federal Involvement -- ESEA: Not All Things Considered -- Teacher Unions Create the U.S. Department of Education -- Did I Really Promise That? -- President Carter's Top 10 List -- Eight Years Is Too Short -- Reagan Shifts from Compliance to Competency -- Bush Sets Voluntary Education Goals -- Other Issues Get in the Way -- Clinton Unsuccessfully Shifts Education Goals from Voluntary to Compulsory -- No Child Left Behind Ushers in CompulsoryEducation Compliance -- Obama Is Stymied by Gridlocked Washington -- Close Down the U.S. Department of Education -- Notes -- Part Two And the Hits Just Keep on Coming -- Can You Hear Me Now? -- Road Trip -- The Eighth-Grade Focus -- Connect the Dots -- It Takes a Village That Cares -- The Warning System Works -- Notes -- Chapter 9 The Skills Gap Warnings Begin -- 1964: The First International Mathematics Study -- 1971: The First International Science Study -- 1971: The National Education Trust Fund -- 1978: The Nation's Report Card. Four Performance Levels -- Little Ability -- 1982: The Second International Mathematics Study -- 1983: A Nation at Risk -- Deming's Unintended Consequence -- America Wasn't Better Off -- Time for Action -- The Report Strikes a National Nerve -- The Fifth Anniversary of A Nation at Risk -- The Tenth Anniversary Sees "Wobbly" Results -- Critics Raise Their Voices -- A Popular Indoor Sport -- Don't Blame the Teachers, It's the Kids' Responsibility -- The "Power of Persuasion" Is Not Enough -- A Joke or a Counterculture Antidote? -- The Twenty‐Fifth Anniversary: A Nation of Ostriches? -- You Be the Judge: Read the Report -- Challenge Your Colleagues -- 1985: Global Competition: The New Reality -- 1985: Corporate Classrooms: The Learning Business -- The University of Corporations -- Why Are Corporate Programs Necessary? -- An Incompetence Tax -- 1986: A Nation Prepared: Teachers for the 21st Century -- 1987: Workforce 2000: Work and Workers for the Twenty‐first Century -- 1987: The National Science Foundation Annual ReportIntroduces STEM -- "Uninspired, Tedious, and Dull" -- The Godfather of STEM -- 1987: The Fourth R: Workforce Readiness, a Guide to Business Education Partnerships -- Shift Happens -- The Need for the Fourth R -- The Challenge to Business Leaders: Get Involved -- The Big Picture Develops -- 1989: Winning the Brain Race: A Bold Plan to Make Our Schools Competitive -- Not My Problem -- Coasting Rather Than Competing -- Restructure the Whole System -- Business Has to Set the Agenda -- A Joint Agenda Is Needed -- Notes -- Chapter 10 The Skills Gap Emerges -- 1990: America's Choice: High Skills or Low Wages! -- A New Model Is Necessary -- The Choice Is Ours -- 1990: The Second International Science Study -- 1990: The National Assessment of Educational Progress -- Basically, a Poor Showing -- We're Number One-Not Yet!. 1993: John Sculley: "America Is Resource Poor" -- 1995: The Third International Mathematics and Science Study -- Different Measurement, Improved Ranking -- 1996: The National Assessment of Educational Progress -- Not Exactly Proficient -- Thorny Question: What to Test? -- 1999: New World Coming: American Security in the 21st Century -- A Nation to Be Less Secure -- Read That List Again! -- Notes -- Chapter 11 The Skills Gap Widens -- 2000: Ensuring a Strong U.S. Scientific, Technical, and Engineering Workforce in the 21st Century -- Coming Up Short -- The H‐1B Visa Debate -- Ordinary People? -- What America Needs Is Answers -- 2000: Before It's Too Late -- Out of Their Field -- Let's Do It! -- 2000: The Programme for International Student Assessment -- Still in the Tracks of Their Peers -- The Newer the Test, The Worse the Result -- 2000: The National Assessment of Educational Progress Test -- Curiosity -- Our Ancestors Were Smarter -- 2002: Unraveling the Teacher Shortage Problem: Teacher Retention Is the Key -- Teacher Work Rules -- "Veterans" in Year Two -- Could Your Company Survive? -- A Better Question -- If We Build It, Will They Stay? -- Education Doesn't Get the Memo -- 2003: Building a Nation of Learners -- The New Necessary Skills -- The 64,000 Question -- 2004: Sustaining the Nation's Innovation Ecosystem -- Doctors Needed! -- With Apologies to Bill and Steve -- The More, the Better -- 2005: Losing the Competitive Advantage: The Challenge for Science and Technology in America -- Resting on Our Laurels -- Has America Lost Its Lead in Information Technology? -- Don't Be Surprised -- 2005: The Knowledge Economy: Is the United States Losing Its Competitive Edge? -- 2005: The World Is Flat: A Brief History of the Twenty-first Century -- 2005: Rising above the Gathering Storm: Energizing and Employing America for a Brighter Economic Future. Setting the Stage -- Flying above the Gathering Storm -- Three Big Ideas -- Show Me the Money -- Is the America COMPETES Act Our Country's National Technology Strategy? -- Homework -- 2005: The National Assessment of Educational Progress -- Let Me "C" -- 2006: Teachers and the Uncertain American Future -- Here Today, Gone Tomorrow -- Six Bold Recommendations -- More Trust -- 2006: The Quiet Crisis: Falling Short in Producing American Scientific and Technical Talent -- 2007: We Are Still Losing Our Competitive Advantage: Now Is the Time to Act -- Congressional Gridlock Threatens America's Future -- Still Waiting after All These Years -- 2007: How the World's Best‐Performing School Systems Come Out on Top -- Don't Show Me the Money -- The Holy Grail -- The Puzzle Comes Together -- Release the Scores -- 2007: Into the Eye of the Storm: Assessing the Evidence on Science and Engineering Education, Quality, and Workforce Demand -- More Than Enough Smarts -- Who Cares about Comparisons to Singapore and Norway? -- Major Industrialized Nations Outperform the United States, Too -- My Method of Madness -- The Wrong Questions -- 2007: Tough Choices or Tough Times -- Mind the Gap -- What's the Problem? Change the Schools -- Setting an Agenda -- 2007: The Role of Education Quality in Economic Growth -- Smarts Count -- The Four Pillars of Quality Education -- The Quality of America's Education System -- 2008: Foundations for Success: The Final Report of the National Mathematics Advisory Panel -- What Must Be Taught? -- The Devil in the Details -- 2008: "Lessons from 40 Years of Education Reform" -- 2009: Rising Tigers, Sleeping Giant: Asian Nations Set to Dominate the Clean Energy Race by Out-Investing the United States -- Makes Cents -- United States to Be Net Importer of Clean Energy Technology in the Future -- Don't Throw Out Those Currency Converters!. 2009: The CIO Executive Council's Youth and Technology Careers Survey.

Is a widening "skills gap" in science and math education threatening America's future? That is the seminal question addressed in The U.S. Technology Skills Gap, a comprehensive 104-year review of math and science education in America. Some claim this "skills gap" is "equivalent to a permanent national recession" while others cite how the gap threatens America's future economic, workforce employability and national security.  This much is sure: America's math and science skills gap is, or should be, an issue of concern for every business and information technology executive in the United States and The U.S Technology Skills Gap is the how-to-get involved guidebook for those executives laying out in a compelling chronologic format:  The history of the science and math skills gap in America Explanation of why decades of astute warnings were ignored Inspiring examples of private company efforts to supplement public education A pragmatic 10-step action plan designed to solve the problem And a tantalizing theory of an obscure Japanese physicist that suggests America's days as the global scientific leader are numbered Engaging and indispensable, The U.S. Technology Skills Gap is essential reading for those eager to see America remain a relevant global power in innovation and invention in the years ahead.


High technology industries--United States.

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