Ms. Stotsky thinks that all high-​​school stu­dents should be required to take trigonom­etry and pre­cal­culus to be ready for the brave new world of sci­ence, tech­nology, engi­neering and math.

Even if the STEM crisis were real, this is not a good idea. Of course, advanced math classes should be offered, but there is no reason to require them of every­body. Michael Handel of North­eastern Uni­ver­sity has con­cluded that only about 10% of the work­force uses math beyond algebra II.

Also, it is not clear that the crisis is real. It is not clear that there is a com­pelling need for more STEM workers. Some studies con­clude that there are too many qual­i­fied can­di­dates. Rut­gers Uni­ver­sity pro­fessor Hal Salzman has reported that there are approx­i­mately three qual­i­fied grad­u­ates annu­ally for each sci­ence or tech­nology opening, and recent studies have also shown that the U.S. is pro­ducing more Ph.D.s in sci­ence than the market can absorb.

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