ERIC Number: ED228095
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1983
Reference Count: 0
Strategies for Obtaining Qualified Mathematics and Science Teachers for the Schools.
A program has been initiated in New York City to ensure that children will learn basic mathematical skills, The Promotional Gates Program ends social promotion (the practice of promoting students regardless of achievement). Students in grades 4-7 who test below grade level in mathematics or reading are placed in special remedial classes until they meet standards; they are then promoted. The program sends a message to students that mastery of mathematical skills is vital to their success in school and in life. It also guarantees they graduate with a basic knowledge of mathematics. However, the program will only make a dent in improving mathematics/science education since students cannot be expected to learn when qualified teachers are not teaching. The lure of lucrative private sector jobs for those talented in mathematics/science has debilitated teaching staffs throughout the country. In New York City, the shortage has resulted in the use of less-qualified teachers. Approaches to the problem fall into two major categories: those involving incentives encouraging qualified people to enter the teaching profession or stay, and those that retain teachers in other subject areas to teach in mathematics or science. In addition, a program to foster school/business relationships has been recently launched. (JN)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
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Identifiers: New York (New York)
Note: Paper presented at the joint meeting of the American Physical Society and American Association of Physics Teachers held at the New York Hilton (January 24-27, 1983).