White House Begins Campaign to Promote Science and Math Education
President Obama made a statement about this new campaign:
If you win the N.C.A.A. championship, you come to the White House,” he said. “Well, if you’re a young person and you’ve produced the best experiment or design, the best hardware or software, you ought to be recognized for that achievement, too.
“Scientists and engineers ought to stand side by side with athletes and entertainers as role models, and here at the White House, we’re going to lead by example. We’re going to show young people how cool science can be.”
I am so excited to see "Educate to Innovate" begin. Science societies are promising to volunteer and work with students in the classroom, leading up to a National Lab day in May. Change can not take place over night, and these programs may not necessarily solve all of our education woes, but I think programs like this, that get students more excited about academics can never be bad.
Because President Obama is so popular, especially among the younger generation, kids are likely to listen to him when he speaks. He is taking his back to school speech one step farther with this campaign.
I may not necessarily agree with all of President Obama's policies, but this one I can certainly say, that I think this is a great idea, and will hopefully get many students more interested in science and math.