Heard the line about not having enough engineers and scientists available to keep America on top in the global market? Get ready to hear it again. Raytheon - yes, the same Raytheon that is the world's leading producer of missiles - recently donated a sophisticated modeling program to help figure out how to engineer an education system capable of creating more and better STEM graduates. Raytheon makes the "staying competitive in the global economy" argument for reforming education - which they blame for not producing enough STEM workers. Question for Raytheon: are you aware of how painfully boring STEM subjects are for a large chunk of the population, particularly those who had negative experiences with math at the younger grades - like those drilled in many old school math environments seen in test prep academies and authoritarian classrooms that you're pushing in your education engineering project?). Raytheon's brand of fearmongering and bashing of public education for STEM issues is without merit, as explained by Gerald Bracey in this 2008 post.
But Bill Gates is interested. Interested enough to provide seed money for the project. Can you say education-military-industrial complex?
From the Defense News (my bolds):
New Raytheon Program Analyzes 'STEM' Candidates