From Obama, a new focus on math and science education -- and a new plum for prize-winners
By Michael D. Shear
President Obama today announced partnerships with private businesses to increase achievement in math and science, saying the country must do more to compete with the world in those areas.
The new federal campaign will encourage businesses and non profit groups -- including the Discovery Channel, Intel, and Time Warner -- to focus more energy and money to teach kids about math and science.
"The hard truth is that for decades we have been losing ground," Obama told a group in the East Room of the White House Monday, noting that American students are rated 21st in the world in science and 25th in math. "We all believe that we can't allow division and indifference to imperil our position in the world."
Obama's proposal, called "Educate to Innovate," will feature a new two-year focus on math and science by Sesame Street and a national "lab day," sponsored by several national philanthropic groups.
The president also announced a new, annual White House science fair for the winners of national science and math competitions.
"If you win the NCAA championships, you come to the White House," he said. "Scientists and engineers ought to stand side by side with athletes and celebrities as role models."
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November 23, 2009; 12:07 PM ET
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