Remarks at the Math/Science Education Action Conference

Al Shanker discusses America's low educational standards as compared to other nations. While he emphasizes students' lack of achievement in math and science, he states that students are performing poorly in all subjects. He urges new approaches to this problem which include team teaching so that those instructors with math and science expertise can reach students not typically in their classes; enticements for teachers to get more training in math and science; competitive market-sensitive salaries for teachers with skills in high demand; and involving the business community to require certain grades before hiring students for after school jobs. He briefly touches on teacher shortage and standardized testing methods.

Berkeley, CA
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