National Math + Science Initiative Blog


Movie Review: 'Most Likely to Succeed' Questions Our Education System, Offers Alternative

Last week, the NMSI team attended a screening of the documentary Most Likely to Succeed at the Dallas International Film Festival. The film sparked great discussion around our office about the effectiveness of American public schools in educating today’s children for the future. We asked our Brand Manager, Elliot Mayen, to weigh in on the conversation. Here are his thoughts on the film: At a panel discussion following a recent screening of "Most Likely to Succeed", executive producer Ted Dintersmith summarized his reason for underwriting the film: “…within ten years time, ...

Business Engagement and Education Reform: Three Best Approaches to Improving Education

“The time has come for America’s business leaders to consider anew how they work with the nation’s educators to support our schools.” So opens a new report issued by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, the Boston Consulting Group, and Harvard Business School, which surveys the current landscape of American education. According to the report, right now things could be better. On a global scale, the U.S. ranks 23rd in science and 30th in math. “For young Americans to succeed,” the report states, “they must out-innovate and out-produce the ...

Catalysts for Improving our Classrooms

In the laboratory, a catalyst is defined as a “substance that enables a chemical reaction to proceed at a usually faster rate or under different conditions than otherwise possible.”  And in the realm of education, a catalyst can act as an “agent that provokes or speeds significant change or action.”  This is precisely what we need – a catalyst – to help improve our education system, improve student outcomes, and close the achievement gap. What can we do to solve these problems, and who is in the best position ...

Education Reform: Changing the System as Teacherpreneurs

Over the last few months, we have covered many active conversations taking place in the education world. A few trends we have identified are: Debates at the state-level about the Common Core State Standards Policy-level disagreements over implementing the Common Core Discussion at the federal-level over new education policy Consideration by public and private companies about how to support STEM in our schools Examination by non-profit organizations about reforming American education While we think these ...

Call to Action: Reforming American Education

College and career readiness is something that NMSI takes very seriously. We believe all students should receive the same rigorous and enriching education – especially in the STEM subjects – because our nation’s future hinges on their success in the classroom. With this in mind, we have taken great strides to ensure that our schools are adequately preparing their students for the future; however, a new report by the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) shows that we have only scratched the surface of what needs to change with ...

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