Posted March 31, 2018 12:00:14In 2017, an online survey by the National Center for Education Statistics found that the most popular science for preschool teachers was “science.”
However, this is no longer the case, as the number of preschool teachers has decreased from 7% to 4%.
This study by the New York State Department of Education shows that the percentage of preschool teacher candidates with STEM backgrounds is dropping, as well.
In 2017 the percentage for STEM teachers in the US fell from 8% to 6%.
According to the report, while science is still popular among preschool teachers, the percentage has fallen from around 10% to 7% in recent years.
This trend is not limited to the US.
In Japan, the number for preschool science teachers has fallen by nearly 40% since 2017.
Japan has the lowest number of kindergarten science teachers, with only 9% of all kindergarten teachers with STEM credentials in the country.
This article originally appeared on TechRadars blog.