How Interest in STEM Education Gets Crushed

Piggybacking off of Mr. Cleary’s and Dr. Clark’s posts, I had my own unique experience with a lackluster STEM education in grade school, but in reverse.

When I was younger I remember being asked what my favorite subject in school was, as people often do with elementary school children. And my answer back then was usually math or science because those classes were fun to me. But somewhere along the line that changed from science to English, because a.) I was better at it, and b.) science and math were no longer fun to me. As I’ve mentioned before, I was a pretty good student in grade school and usually made good grades in every subject, but only because I felt like I had to. Even though I didn’t like them, I still felt the need to work hard in science and math classes because I knew they were important subjects.