On the Subject of Science, Mr. Obama Gets It
“[T]here are those who say we cannot afford to invest in science, that support for research is somehow a luxury at moments defined by necessities. I fundamentally disagree. Science is more essential for our prosperity, our security, our health, our environment, and our quality of life than it has ever been before.” These were the words of the President in a speech delivered at the National Academy of Sciences earlier this week. He went on to set a goal for the US to increase investment in scientific research and development to 3% of the gross domestic product. Previously, I have discussed this administration’s commitment to science and science education. I’d like to include a presentation I made a few years ago on the crisis in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) education and the importance of a robust science sector to a strong economy.