The Next Campaign

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Science  06 Mar 2009:
Vol. 323, Issue 5919, pp. 1265
DOI: 10.1126/science.1169820

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The U.S. presidential election is over; the inauguration has come and gone. Now come the challenges of governing. President Obama, his leadership team, and the 111th Congress face daunting problems. Among the most stubborn in the United States are those related to providing a world-class education to all children, updating the knowledge and skills of their parents, and preparing all to face the threats and opportunities of the 21st century. The science community must take advantage of growing public dissatisfaction with the current education system and ask how science teaching and learning can be transformed. In short, scientists must mount the next campaign.