Societies Ask PCAST to Reconsider Its Exclusion of Behavioral/Social Sciences in K-12 STEM Education

The President’s Council of Advisors on Science and Technology (PCAST) released a report that it hopes will transform K-12 education, Prepare and Inspire: K-12 Education in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) for America’s Future.

The report identifies a number of key areas in which the Administration can act to prepare children to compete successfully in the 21st century. In the report, PCAST states that while the behavioral and social sciences are ... “appropriately considered STEM fields at the undergraduate and graduate levels, they involve very different issues at the K-12 level.” It is unclear what is meant by the statement that these sciences involve very different issues at the K-12 level, but the behavioral and social science communities remain committed to ensuring that children leave elementary and secondary education with a foundation in all sciences.

In a joint letter, thirty-five behavioral and social science societies ask PCAST why specific areas of science are excluded at the K-12 level and for PCAST to reconsider the decision to omit important areas of science with which children should be familiar.

Read the follow-up letter to PCAST »

Read the PCAST report »

Read our earlier letter to PCAST »