Is science education in America broken? That might seem to be the case, according to a recent report compiled by leaders in the science and business fields that found that the US ranks 48th in the world in STEM education and, according to USA Today, concluded that "stagnant scientific education imperils US economic leadership." The report was an update to the original 2005 report that led to a doubling of federal research funding, says USA Today's Dan Vergano.

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