Not the Intended Effect?

A science policy writer argues that STEM programs negatively affect the employment market.

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Your statement that

Your statement that "businesses have to do is put their hands in their pockets and pay and train newly graduated scientists and engineers properly" is precisely what business does not want to do. Business is looking more and more to government to do training which really makes little sense when it is typically necessary to do some specific training of employees to deal with the businesses' own way of doing things or their own technology. Businesses have open positions and state that they cannot find skilled workers. In my opinion, those companies that will step up and train people will be the long-term winners - in terms of successful employees and bottom-line.

Kudos! A recent set of

Kudos! A recent set of events in the pharma sector serves to make one of your points. After a decade of steady layoffs of scientists and technicians, pharma complained it couldn't find scientists to manage outsourced R&D. It never occurred to the powers that be that no university trained scientists for such work when making their plans. OR that pharma could train the scientists they already had to serve in the new capacity.

Bottom line: pharma made multi-billion dollar plans that demanded a specific set of skills without investigating whether such skills exist. Of course, it was everyone else's fault.