In one week the Wall Street Journal has published two fascinating articles about Math & Science education:
Study Finds Sharp Math, Science Skills Help Expand Economy
March 3, 2008; Page A2
Increased years of education boost economic growth -- but only if students' cognitive skills, as measured by math and science tests, are improved as a result, a new study says.
The study, released in this spring's issue of Education Next, an education-policy journal, concluded that if the U.S. performed on par with the world's leaders in science and math, it would add about two-thirds of a percentage point to the gross domestic product, or the total value of goods and services produced in a nation, every year.... MORE
Education Panel Lays Out Truce In Math Wars
March 5, 2008; Page D1
A presidential panel, warning that a "broken" system of mathematics education threatens U.S. pre-eminence, says it has found the fix: A laserlike focus on the essentials... MORE