Opinion: Where Do GOP Contenders Stand on STEM?

Judy Hartnett's picture
Thursday, December 1, 2011

With the 2012 GOP race well underway, it's worth taking a look at each candidate's stances on STEM education.

Many of them, such as Newt Gingrich and Rick Perry, have a long history of supporting STEM initiatives, while Ron Paul has championed home schooling, eliminating the Department of Education, and has voted against major STEM programs.

Newt Gingrich - The new GOP front-runner has long championed STEM education initiatives. On his website, Gingrich says that in order to remain competitive with China and India, the U.S. must "commit to improving education, especially in math and science."

In 2008, he advocated eliminating 50 percent of education bureaucracy spending and putting it toward STEM funding, especially in career and technical education. He's even said the U.S. should try paying students to learn math and science, and that the U.S. should welcome corporations to work more closely with schools to develop math and science curricula.

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