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Document Number: 7750

Important, but Not for Me: Parents and Students in Kansas and Missouri Talk About Math, Science and Technology Education - There is growing consensus among the nation's leaders that unless schools do more to train and nurture a whole new generation of young Americans with strong skills in math, science and technology, U.S. leadership in the world economy is at risk. This report finds that just 25% of Kansas/Missouri parents think their children should be studying more math and science; 70% think things "are fine as they are now." The report also explains why parents and students are so complacent in this area and what kinds of changes might be helpful in building more interest in and support for more rigorous mathematics, science and technology courses. (Alison Kadlec, Will Friedman and Amber Ott, Public Agenda, 2007)...


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