"Today I am announcing a renewed commitment to education in mathematics and science. Through this commitment, American students will move from the middle to the top of the pace in science and math over the next decade. For we know that the nation that out-educates us today -will out-compete us tomorrow.
We cannot start soon enough. We know that the quality of math and science teachers is the most influential single factor in determining whether a study will succeed or fail in these subjects."
The National Academy of Sciences
April 27, 2009