The STEM focus

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I thank the PG for the Nov. 12 front-page story “Making Sure Pa. Students ‘Never Forget.’ ” However, as a high school social studies teacher, I am becoming more and more concerned that “experts in education,” parents and the media seem to direct blame at teachers for the lack of historical knowledge of our students. I, too, am concerned, but when resources and emphasis have shifted to “STEM” (science, technology, engineering and math) programs and away from civics, history, the arts and simply knowing how to form a proper sentence, such front-page concern is misplaced.

When school administrators, school boards and politicians stop focusing on math and science test results, which are important, and look at the need for a solid, basic education, in all subject areas, for all students, then perhaps students will remember and history will not repeat itself.

GARY FORD
Washington, Pa.


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