- After the first three years of teaching, 50% of the math teachers leave the classroom. There are many pursuits professionally that lure them away, but we need to get something figured out to keep them. How do we do this?
- There should be a concern for the new underclass of mathematically and scientifically illiterate. How is it that we begin to close the gap as kids work through their early years of schooling so that we don’t develop the underclass that could exist. Teachers are a key to inspiring our kids to pursue math and science.
- We are entering a STAR (Science, Technology, and Research) world. How best can we reach back into our high school and middle schools to help them meet the bench marks of literacy and numeracy that will prepare them for this STAR world?
And finally he gave us a homework assignment, which is essentially to answer the questions and problems posed above. Here are the questions as I wrote them this morning.
How do we shift the focus to numeracy? As we move toward heightening literacy standards, what do we do for numeracy? What benchmarks should we have? What do we do for the teachers? What nationally do we look at? What do we do to keep math teachers in place (differential pay, something else)?