First this "News of the Week" item in Science:
Departments Scramble to Find Math Education Facultywhich is somewhat a surprise to me. I am wondering where those vacancies are and if they take a non-mathematician for volunteer.
by Jeffrey Mervis
According to a recent survey, 60% of 128 tenure-track academic jobs advertised last year in mathematics education went unfilled. Although that may be good news for job-seekers, it's another impediment for universities trying to improve U.S. science and math education.
Next this LA Times column by Joel Stein, talked about a science debate for the presidential candidates, which struck me as a very good idea. Here are the issues Stein suggested followed by my comments:
- Stem cells: Yea, let's do the adult stem cells!
- Evolution: OK, who started the whole thing in the first place?
- Climate change: So what? Climate has been changing throughout the ages!
- Healthcare: Nationalized it, right? Scheduled your needed emergency care right after you were born and get in line or else you will never able to get it.
- Sex education: How about just the simple education first?