"To be blunt, the USA views STEM as low class."
"... Really? Since when?"
The counter-culture started it in the 60's when they realized the U.S. Military was fairly technically advanced with respect to the rest of society. They started to look down on anyone pursuing science and tech. That helped spawn the ecology movement. They too viewed sci and tech as causing all the trouble in the world and more importantly, their lives...because they were the ME generation and everything revolved around them in their tiny little world.
That helped spawn "geek" and "nerd" labels that really took hold in the 80's. Hollywood jumped in when they found they could use the anti-sci and anti-tech feelings to greater monetary rewards. And the ME generation ate it up thinking they were doing their part to fight against "The Man".
Then gaming got really going in the 90s and 2000s. No longer were sci and tech people invisible, you could spot these degenerate gamers hunkered down on their machines, speaking gibberish as though they were fighting with the fundamental forces of the Universe. Women looked and decided they'd rather have guys who took pride in their appearance.
All this only exacerbated the feelings among many Americans that they were too stupid to handle all the high math and science education. It is now fairly common to hear people pass off their inadequateness by claiming all that stuff is above them and expecting a sympathetic ear.
And this has finally spawned the Republicans..."we don't need no stinkin' education" crowd like Rand Paul and the rest of the libretards. They feed off the Christian Right who first started thinking that Science was some sort of dodge and conspiracy to sink Christianity among a groundswell of empathy for non-Christians. They also felt that G-d gave the Earth to Man to screw up as Man sees fit. It doesn't bother them that the world is getting more polluted since they are sure Christ returning is just around the corner.
So it turned out the ecology nuts were onto something even if it was for selfish reasons. A polluted world won't be fun to live it and somehow it was all sci and tech's fault. And to some extent it is since sci and tech allowed populations to boom by conquering a fair number of diseases and increasing crop yields.
Just look at the controversy surrounding Common Core. The states get to implement the standards anyway they see fit but the Right and Left wing both see nefarious plots at the edge of their imagination.
So, hell yes, America does look down on its science and tech, and as soon as they stop producing new electronic whizzies, then the American people will really get upset. Don't believe me yet, look at the 9/11 truthers. Their biggest gun is a retired theology professor. They take comments out of context, they claim to follow Sherlock Holmes' principle eliminating the possibilities and then claim that leads them to their conviction...completely disregarding that (a) they can never KNOW all the possibilities before they start to discard them, and (b) somehow their explanation is mystically the only one standing. And they claim to be educated. The anti-truthers have 100s professors of engineering and science, and industry construction experts on their side, but somehow they are all "compromised" in a giant sticky wad of a conspiracy all directed by...by....well, they are sure someone is directing it, probably space aliens.