Teaching kids real math with computers - Yeah, he probably wants to sell a bunch of copies of Mathematica, but he has a good point. By having us do mundane work on paper, instead of using a computer... would be like English class having us make our own paper and quill pen before we can start writing. My math curriculum in college was horribly structured and no effort was made in real life applications.
"America's poor educational performance is weakening its economy. A recent report from McKinsey, a management consultancy, argues that the lagging performance of the country's school pupils, particularly its poor and minority children, has wreaked more devastation on the economy than the current recession."
p.s. Next to the New York Times, the Economist's website is beyond excellent for civil and level-headed user-submitted comments.
H.R. 4137: College Opportunity and Affordability Act of 2007 - The bill passed house yesterday. Sounds like a good act, but check out this bit snuck into section 494: that requires universities to "develop a plan for offering alternatives to illegal downloading or peer-to-peer distribution of intellectual property as well as a plan to explore technology-based deterrents to prevent such illegal activity."
At 71, Physics Professor Is a Web Star - It's cool that these large universities are sharing their knowledge (for free) with the world. And this professor is so good he could fix our problems in Iraq:
A fan who said he was a physics teacher from Iraq gushed: “You are now my Scientific Father. In spite of the bad occupation and war against my lovely IRAQ, you made me love USA because you are there and MIT is there.”