by George Leef
Conventional wisdom has it that the US badly needs to put more people through college STEM programs (science, technology, engineering and math) because we have a shortage of such people and that puts us at risk of losing “economic and technological leadership.” Is it a real crisis, or at least something government must address?
In my latest Forbes piece, I argue that we should relax about this. There is no crisis; in fact, we seem to have quite a surplus of people with STEM training. Government involvement will merely continue to give us a boom/bust cycle here. We don’t need government planning with regard to STEM workers any more than we need government planning for anything else.