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Report Calls for Grassroots But Comprehensive Changes

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Science  19 Jun 2009:
Vol. 324, Issue 5934, pp. 1498
DOI: 10.1126/science.324_1498

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A $1.5 million study from the Carnegie Corporation of New York melds the handwringing in previous reports about the overall state of U.S. education with specific warnings about weaknesses in math and science education. It calls for more rigorous math and science content, improved standards and assessment, better training for teachers, and more innovative schools. Those changes, if adopted, would not only improve math and science but also "do school differently." But nothing will happen, the report warns, until everyone with a stake in U.S. education—from politicians and business leaders to principals and university professors—gets involved.