When I read the news yesterday about Elmo’s segment on Sesame getting tweaked, I was a little unnerved. But I was pleased to learn that producers are tailoring it to introduce concepts in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) to the preschool-aged viewers.
This couldn’t be more timely as STEM education is becoming more of a priority as we see interest in these subjects waning. U.S. competitiveness is at risk if we don’t do everything we can to ensure that our nation’s youth (including my daughter) have the educational tools they need to excel in this subject matter. As the Administration and many members of Congress place great emphasis on the need to create a 21st century workforce to assure our leadership in medical and technological innovation, we should all view this change in the Elmo show as a step in the right direction.