Standards of Learning

WHRO is firmly on the STEM bandwagon

While I usually show up in the Virginia Gazette covering our many excellent performing arts events in the Soundings column, I want to detour from that to Troy Jefferson's recent article in the newspaper on the importance of Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics studies as seen through the lens of Christine Darden, a member of the team of African-American women at NASA who were instrumental in the early success of the space program and whose work inspired the movie, "Hidden Figures."

The article focused on Darden's background and rise in NASA and her message of the importance of STEM exposure in schools as a prelude to associated degrees and later involvement in...