Weekly Math Updates

September 18th , 2008

I know many of you have not yet signed on to the new website.  For those of you that have I apologize that you'll see this twice.  However, as an extra bonus :) there are links to several news articles below that might catch your interest.
Hello NASA Math Initiative Supporters,
I wanted to point out to you that we made a presentation on Wednesday to the Education Committee of the Utah Legislature concerning this math initiative.  I believe it was well received.  A copy of the presentation can be found on the website (left side menu near the bottom)
and the audio can be found here (you'll have to skip past nearly the first two hours until our presentation:
The Tribune carried a short story on this as well this morning.
There are a couple of new slides on the website.  One shows the dire position the United States is in.
The other shows the brilliant Singapore math model for constructing bar graphs of algebraic problems.
The website has also been updated to reflect the positions of state school board members and candidates.  We would like to ask that you contact your state board member and any others you can and encourage them to sign on to the plan.  Regardless, we need your help to put some pressure on them to make a decision.  We want to pin down the candidates before the election as to which side of this issue they will take.  Please visit this page:
There is a link at the top of the page to get the phone numbers for all the board members and candidates.  At the bottom of the page you will see a letter that was sent to all the candidates.  Please email or call them and encourage them to respond to that letter and take a position.  The more people you can call, the more pressure they will feel to respond.
Thank you for your support,
Oak Norton, Member
NASA Math Initiative Group 
Media Articles of Interest
'100 mph' school chief seeks radical changes (CNN.com about the new D.C. Superintendent who is firing poor teachers and trying to get the district back on track.
Teachers have an alternative to the NEA


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