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Mathematical Digest

Short Summaries of Articles about Mathematics
in the Popular Press

"Math Teachers Who Almost Took Math," by Alfred S. Posamentier, The New York Times, 11 May 2002.

In this Op-Ed piece, Posamentier (Dean of the School of Education and Professor of Mathematics Education at City College of the City University of New York), reports that New York State credits courses for math teaching certification that are "not really math courses"---accounting, finance, economics and engineering. He bemoans the shortage of qualified math teachers---the reason why in 1998 he initiated the Austrian visiting teacher program to address the problem---and he advocates a special series of courses in the foundations of mathematics, mentoring by experienced math teachers, and an increase in teacher salaries to attract college graduates to secondary school teaching.

--- Annette Emerson

American Mathematical Society