Apollo Moon Landing Marked a 'Giant Leap' for Mankind - and Education. Moonshot for Kids Could Launch the Next Leap Forward

July 17, 2019

In terms of education, that Sputnik-induced panic led President Dwight Eisenhower and congressional leaders to join forces to pass the National Defense Education Act ... The act actually had multiple origins -- a shortage of mathematicians, mounting interest in high school education, the need for more Americans to learn foreign languages -- and included multiple provisions, most of them postsecondary. But it put down a big marker for STEM education as well as supplying a major boost to R&D across the board, education included.