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21. Roadmap for National Se... 2000 - U.S. Commission on National Security



To federal agencies

  • Adopt a new National Security Science and Technology Education Act to fund a comprehensive program to produce the needed numbers of science and engineering professionals as well as qualified teachers in science and math. This act should provide loan forgiveness incentives to attract those who have graduated and scholarships for those still in school and should provide these incentives in exchange for a period of K-12 teaching in science and math, or of military or government service. Additional measures should provide resources to modernize laboratories in science education, and expand existing programs aimed at helping economically-depressed school districts.
  • Establish and fund a National Math & Science Project to provide additional support for continuing professional development. All fifty states should also fund professional enrichment sabbaticals of various durations for science teachers and should do so wherever possible in concert with local universities, science museums, and other research institutions.
  • The President should direct the Department of Education to work with the states to devise a comprehensive plan to avert a looming shortage of quality teachers. This plan should emphasize raising teacher compensation, improving infrastructure support, reforming the certification process, and expanding existing programs targeted at districts with especially acute problems.
  • Devise a targeted program to strengthen the historically black colleges and universities in our country.
  • Road Map for National Security…2001


    …fifteenth in the series of biennial Science Indicators reports, Science and Engineering Indicators–2002 was designed to provide a broad base of quantitative information …on the scope, quality, and vitality of the nation’s science and engineering enterprise [including] public attitudes and understanding of science and engineering…

    In general, most Americans feel that they are not well informed about S&T issues. In fact, for all issues included in the…survey, the level of feeling well informed was considerably lower than the level of expressed interest. For example,… nearly half of the respondents said they were very interested in new developments in science and technology. Yet fewer than 15 percent of respondents described themselves as very well informed about new scientific discoveries and the use of new inventions and technologies; approximately 30 percent considered themselves poorly informed. The NSF survey shows that people are feeling less informed than they used to.

    Science and Engineering Indicators–2002. National Science Foundation, 2002.