College and career readiness are essential to America's future. We must ensure that by the time our students graduate high school, they are prepared to succeed and to compete to be the best in the world.
The STEM curriculum offers America our greatest hope of prosperity in the 21st century -- a century that will be defined by the ability of our greatest innovators to solve our greatest problems quickly and efficiently.
One surefire way to get people's attention is to say the exact opposite of what everyone else is saying -- to claim that conventional wisdom is wrong. And sometimes, of course, conventional wisdom is wrong.
According to a College Board report released earlier this month, college graduates on average earned about $22,000 more than those with just a high school diploma ($55,700 compared to $33,800) in 2008.