Basics - STEM Education Has Little to Do With Flowers -

victor steinbok aardvark66 at GMAIL.COM
Tue May 20 15:48:02 UTC 2014

Another anti-initialism/acronym diatribe on NYT pages. In this case, it
mostly focuses on one--"STEM Education". I find the argument not
particularly persuasive--it's the same tired complaint about opaqueness of
jargon abbreviations (the target happens to be my primary field, so it
doesn't really bother me at all).

But there's a nice Sally Ride quote:

>Sally Ride concurred: "With my NASA heritage, I'm perfectly capable of
speaking entirely in acronyms, including the verbs," she said. "But this is
not very helpful when talking to the public."

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