Earlier this year, U.S. News & World Report released its STEM Index of the United States. It revealed that student aptitude for and interest in science, technology, engineering and math has been essentially flat for more than a decade, at the same time that the need for STEM skills continues to grow.
Last month I took a trip to see our Ebola response programs in Liberia, a country filled with a plethora of financial and health problems. Diseases such as Ebola have afflicted the country with one of the gravest social issues: orphaned children living day-to-day without any sort of parental guidance.
Last year at a conference on national service, I heard a young man named Johann Shockency speak. Johann said that as a child, he had one goal: to serve his country through the armed forces.