Science & Math (March 2010)

First things first — hire more teachers

One of the most effective ways we can ensure our country’s future security and economic prosperity is to invest in a quality education for all.

Reversing decline in space exploration

In responding to the competitive global economy, China and India don’t hesitate to encourage their top students to pursue science and math careers.

Build on successes of No Child Left Behind

Over the past century, America’s economic growth has been attributed to advancements in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM).

Education is the key to our nation’s prosperity

As the leader of Washington, D.C.’s public schools, I receive many letters from students and educators in other countries, soliciting advice on reforming systems they do not feel are teaching the critical thinking, leadership or questioning skills that drive innovation. 

How the U.S. can stay on top

Americans feeling beleaguered by today’s many challenges —economic uncertainty at home, the heartbreaking struggles of our neighbors in Haiti, the need to boost global development while tempering habitat loss and climate change — need look no further for inspiration than two of the youngest guests in the presidential box seats at the recent State of the Union address. Those two women — a high school student from Bellaire, Texas, and a Stanford University freshman geology major — represent the catalytic convergence of science and education that promises to fuel America’s economic recovery while generating new approaches to improving our world.

Competitiveness hinges on skills students learn

What if you were told of a way we could increase our country’s gross domestic product by over $40 trillion over the next two decades?