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The U.S. Technology Skills Gap: What Every Technology Executive Must Know to Save America's Future, + Website

Book Description

Is a widening "skills gap" in science and math education threatening America's future? That is the seminal question addressed in The U.S. Technology Skills Gap, a comprehensive 104-year review of math and science education in America. Some claim this "skills gap" is "equivalent to a permanent national recession" while others cite how the gap threatens America's future economic, workforce employability and national security.

This much is sure: America's math and science skills gap is, or should be, an issue of concern for every business and information technology executive in the United States and The U.S Technology Skills Gap is the how-to-get involved guidebook for those executives laying out in a compelling chronologic format:

  • The history of the science and math skills gap in America

  • Explanation of why decades of astute warnings were ignored

  • Inspiring examples of private company efforts to supplement public education

  • A pragmatic 10-step action plan designed to solve the problem

  • And a tantalizing theory of an obscure Japanese physicist that suggests America's days as the global scientific leader are numbered

  • Engaging and indispensable, The U.S. Technology Skills Gap is essential reading for those eager to see America remain a relevant global power in innovation and invention in the years ahead.

    Table of Contents

    1. Cover
    2. Series
    3. Title Page
    4. Copyright
    5. Dedication
    6. CIOs Speak
    7. Preface
      1. Notes
    8. Acknowledgments
      1. Note
    9. Part One: How Did We Get Here?
      1. Chapter 1: 1941: The Subject We Love to Hate
        1. Math? Not for Me!
        2. “Minimize the Effect of Schooling”
        3. Young Adults with IQs of Eight-Year-Olds
        4. The Fall Continues
        5. President Roosevelt Understands Science
        6. An Opportunity Lost
        7. Americans Still Hate Math and Science
        8. Notes
      2. Chapter 2: 1945: Operation Paperclip
        1. Nazis Hailed as “Outstanding” Scientists
        2. Germany's Rocket Man
        3. The Nazis Get to von Braun
        4. Time Magazine Paints a Dim Picture of von Braun
        5. America's Best Rocket: The Bazooka
        6. Shipped to America
        7. America Had Space Technology before the Soviets
        8. Germany Developed the Atomic Bomb First
        9. Notes
      3. Chapter 3: 1950: Deming Says
        1. Deming Has an Idea
        2. The Lecture Series That Changed the Balance of the World Economy
        3. Japan Embraces, America Ignores
        4. Datsuns Arrive in Los Angeles
        5. American Business Leaders Finally Listen
        6. Lessons from Deming
        7. Can Total Quality Management Fix the American Education System?
        8. Notes
      4. Chapter 4: 1952: Boomerang
        1. What It Means to Teach
        2. A Teacher Shortage Exacerbates the Educational Challenges
        3. Another Problem: Crumbling Infrastructure
        4. Media Critiques Begin
        5. Back in the USSR
        6. Boomers Perform Poorly on SATs
        7. Connecting the Dots
        8. The Boomerang Theory
        9. Notes
      5. Chapter 5: 1962: Too Hard to Follow
        1. The Rationale for the Lunar Landing
        2. Kennedy in His Own Words
        3. “It's Just So Darn Hard”
        4. Students: Math and Science Are Irrelevant
        5. Culture Counts
        6. Industry Leaders Offer Advice
        7. Do Something about It
        8. American Students Not Measuring Up
        9. The Results, Please
        10. How to Do Something
        11. High School Seniors: No, Thank You
        12. Perception Is Reality: The Importance of the Guidance Counselor
        13. The STEM Pipeline Shrinks More in Higher Education
        14. Putting Words in the President's Mouth
        15. Notes
      6. Chapter 6: 1962: Empires of the Mind
        1. Did You Know?
        2. The Shift Is On
        3. The Components of Yuasa's Phenomenon
        4. Fast-Forward
        5. Yuasa's Phenomenon Arrives in America in 1920
        6. Youth Rules
        7. Look to the East?
        8. Three Patents to the Win
        9. America's Innovation Ecosystem at Risk
        10. Does It Work for You?
        11. The World in 2050
        12. Slip Sliding Away?
        13. Survival Is Not Compulsory
        14. Notes
      7. Chapter 7: 1963: SAT Down
        1. The History of the SAT
        2. Asleep at the Wheel for 14 Years
        3. The College Entrance Examination Board Responds
        4. More Competition for the SAT
        5. Why the SAT Scores Dropped
        6. How to Get 100 More SAT Points
        7. Too Much Mediocrity
        8. Notes
      8. Chapter 8: 1976: Too Many Chiefs
        1. A Tale of Two Documents
        2. Keep It Local
        3. The Great Society Era Ushers in Federal Involvement
        4. ESEA: Not All Things Considered
        5. Teacher Unions Create the U.S. Department of Education
        6. Did I Really Promise That?
        7. President Carter's Top 10 List
        8. Eight Years Is Too Short
        9. Reagan Shifts from Compliance to Competency
        10. Bush Sets Voluntary Education Goals
        11. Other Issues Get in the Way
        12. Clinton Unsuccessfully Shifts Education Goals from Voluntary to Compulsory
        13. No Child Left Behind Ushers in Compulsory Education Compliance
        14. Obama Is Stymied by Gridlocked Washington
        15. Close Down the U.S. Department of Education
        16. Notes
    10. Part Two: And the Hits Just Keep on Coming
      1. Can You Hear Me Now?
      2. Road Trip
      3. The Eighth-Grade Focus
      4. Connect the Dots
      5. It Takes a Village That Cares
      6. The Warning System Works
      7. Notes
      8. Chapter 9: The Skills Gap Warnings Begin
        1. 1964: The First International Mathematics Study
        2. 1971: The First International Science Study
        3. 1971: The National Education Trust Fund
        4. 1978: The Nation's Report Card
        5. 1982: The Second International Mathematics Study
        6. 1983: A Nation at Risk
        7. 1985: Global Competition: The New Reality
        8. 1985: Corporate Classrooms: The Learning Business
        9. 1986: A Nation Prepared: Teachers for the 21st Century
        10. 1987: Workforce 2000: Work and Workers for the Twenty-first Century
        11. 1987: The National Science Foundation Annual Report Introduces STEM
        12. 1987: The Fourth R: Workforce Readiness, a Guide to Business Education Partnerships
        13. 1989: Winning the Brain Race: A Bold Plan to Make Our Schools Competitive
        14. Notes
      9. Chapter 10: The Skills Gap Emerges
        1. 1990: America's Choice: High Skills or Low Wages!
        2. 1990: The Second International Science Study
        3. 1990: The National Assessment of Educational Progress
        4. 1993: John Sculley: “America Is Resource Poor”
        5. 1995: The Third International Mathematics and Science Study
        6. Different Measurement, Improved Ranking
        7. 1996: The National Assessment of Educational Progress
        8. 1999: New World Coming: American Security in the 21st Century
        9. Notes
      10. Chapter 11: The Skills Gap Widens
        1. 2000: Ensuring a Strong U.S. Scientific, Technical, and Engineering Workforce in the 21st Century
        2. 2000: Before It's Too Late
        3. 2000: The Programme for International Student Assessment
        4. 2000: The National Assessment of Educational Progress Test
        5. 2002: Unraveling the Teacher Shortage Problem: Teacher Retention Is the Key
        6. 2003: Building a Nation of Learners
        7. 2004: Sustaining the Nation's Innovation Ecosystem
        8. 2005: Losing the Competitive Advantage: The Challenge for Science and Technology in America
        9. 2005: The Knowledge Economy: Is the United States Losing Its Competitive Edge?
        10. 2005: The World Is Flat: A Brief History of the Twenty-first Century
        11. 2005: Rising above the Gathering Storm: Energizing and Employing America for a Brighter Economic Future
        12. 2005: The National Assessment of Educational Progress
        13. 2006: Teachers and the Uncertain American Future
        14. 2006: The Quiet Crisis: Falling Short in Producing American Scientific and Technical Talent
        15. 2007: We Are Still Losing Our Competitive Advantage: Now Is the Time to Act
        16. 2007: How the World's Best-Performing School Systems Come Out on Top
        17. 2007: Into the Eye of the Storm: Assessing the Evidence on Science and Engineering Education, Quality, and Workforce Demand
        18. 2007: Tough Choices or Tough Times
        19. 2007: The Role of Education Quality in Economic Growth
        20. 2008: Foundations for Success: The Final Report of the National Mathematics Advisory Panel
        21. 2008: “Lessons from 40 Years of Education Reform”
        22. 2009: Rising Tigers, Sleeping Giant: Asian Nations Set to Dominate the Clean Energy Race by Out-Investing the United States
        23. 2009: The CIO Executive Council's Youth and Technology Careers Survey
        24. 2009: The Economic Impact of the Achievement Gap in America's Schools
        25. 2009: The Widget Effect: Our National Failure to Acknowledge and Act on Differences in Teacher Effectiveness
        26. 2009: Steady As She Goes? Three Generations of Students through the Science and Engineering Pipeline
        27. Notes
      11. Chapter 12: The Consequences of the Skills Gap Become Apparent
        1. 2010: Rising above the Gathering Storm Revisited: Rapidly Approaching Category 5
        2. 2010: Why So Few Women in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics?
        3. 2010: Waiting for Superman
        4. 2010: Education Next’s Public Perception of Education Survey
        5. 2010: Interview with Craig Barrett
        6. 2010: Closing the Talent Gap: Attracting and Retaining Top-Third Graduates to Careers in Teaching
        7. 2011: The National Assessment of Educational Progress
        8. 2011: The Intel Corporation’s Survey of Teens’ Perceptions of Engineering
        9. 2011: Globally Challenged: Are U.S. Students Ready to Compete?
        10. 2012: How Well Are American Students Learning?
        11. 2012: U.S. Education Reform and National Security
        12. 2012: Prosperity at Risk: Findings of Harvard Business School’s Survey on U.S. Competitiveness
        13. 2012: The World Economic Forum’s Annual Global Competitiveness Report
        14. 2012: Where Will All the STEM Talent Come From?
        15. 2012: SAT and ACT Scores Reveal Disappointing News
        16. 2012: Five Misconceptions about Teaching Math and Science: American Education Has Not Declined, and Other Surprising Truths
        17. The Long and Winding Road
        18. Notes
    11. Part Three: Let’s Build Some Arks
      1. Notes
      2. Chapter 13: Patchworking the Tech Skills Gap Begins
        1. 1965: Skills USA
        2. 1968: The Xerox Science Consultant Program
        3. 1989: Women in Technology International
        4. 1990: Teach for America
        5. 1994: Tech Corps
        6. 1995: NetDay
        7. 1996: SAS Curriculum Pathways
        8. 1997: The Cisco Networking Academy
        9. 1998: I.C.Stars
        10. 1998: Intel Teach
        11. Notes
      3. Chapter 14: The Pace of Remediation Work on the National Skills Gap Accelerates
        1. 2000: Year Up
        2. 2000: The Juniper Networks Foundation Fund
        3. 2002: Technology Goddesses
        4. 2002: nPower
        5. 2003: The Microsoft Imagine Cup
        6. 2004: Engineering Is Elementary
        7. 2004: The Junior FIRST Lego League
        8. 2005: Raytheon’s MathMovesU
        9. 2005: IBM’s Transition to Teaching
        10. 2006: The Khan Academy
        11. 2006: Cognizant’s Maker Faire
        12. 2007: The National Math and Science Initiative
        13. 2008: AT&T Aspire
        14. 2008: AMD’s Changing the Game
        15. 2009: Microsoft’s TEALS
        16. 2009: The Salesforce.com Foundation
        17. 2009: DIGITS
        18. 2009: Change the Equation
        19. Notes
      4. Chapter 15: The Pace of Ark Building Quickens
        1. 2010: The Broadcom MASTERS
        2. 2011: CA Technologies and the Sesame Workshop
        3. 2011: IBM’s P-TECH
        4. 2012: Udacity
        5. 2012: CA Technologies: Tech Girls Rock
        6. 2012: Microsoft’s Teach.org
        7. 2012: The Dell Education Challenge
        8. 2012: The Girl Scouts of America’s Generation STEM: What Girls Say about Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math
        9. News Alert: More Arks Needed!
        10. Notes
    12. Epilogue: For What It’s Worth
      1. The Top 10 Recommendations for Action
      2. Closing Time
    13. About The Author
    14. About the Website
    15. Index