I read with great interest Diane Stafford’s column about the lack of interest in math and science education (10/18, Business, “This adds up to a bad gap”).
I think the problem is with a society that values sports above everything else.
Look at The Star. Every week in the Wednesday and Friday sections, there is a list of high school athletes and the details of all the games in the area. On television, there is a featured athlete every week and coverage of the games.
If a student does well in math or science, there is little interest.
Kids know what our society rewards and values and where they should put their effort.
Another example is music in our schools. My children are very involved in music at the high school level. My daughters have made state orchestras, but there is little interest in promoting these activities for band or orchestra. If a student makes state for some athletic event, it is big news. Meanwhile, we are wondering why classical music is dying in our country.
Only parents can make a difference.