A coalition of educators and business executives recommend Missouri push math, engineering, technology and science more in the classroom and work to get schoolchildren more excited about careers in those fields. It’s called the METS Coalition. METS is an acronym for math, engineering, technology and science. Governor Blunt formed the coalition this spring. Chairwoman Debra Hollingsworth with AT&T explains the group recommends improving the math and science offered in the classroom, emphasizing engineering more and getting greater technology to schoolchildren. The coalition says children must be motivated to study the fields through visits to workplaces that use math, engineering, technology and science to give schoolchildren a taste of what vocations are available and to develop an excitement about them. Hollingsworth says parents must emphasize their importance and treat them with at least as much interest as they do the sports their children are involved in. Hollingsworth says it needs to become a greater priority of the state as well, with incentives to attract higher quality instructors and public awareness of the importance of the fields. Governor Blunt has told the group its recommendations will likely find a place in his State-of-the-State speech next year, which outlines his legislative priorities.
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