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Solving the Algebra Problem

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Our society constantly strives to emerge through barriers confronting it, and each effort has led to another frontier to be challenged. St. Louis was the gateway to the West, and the Arch attests to that quest. The Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island were gateways to long-sought-after freedoms for early immigrants. The World Wide Web is the gateway to cyberspace, and NASA is the gateway to the stars.

In that same spirit of enthusiasm, we must seek support for the gateway course essential to a successful journey through education. Education leaders have identified that gateway course as algebra, which – alongside science and technology – constitutes the path of the future.

Bertrand Russell stated that, “Mathematics takes us into the region of absolute necessity, to which not only the actual word, but every possible word, must conform.” Most recent research indicates those who study for degrees in fields associated with mathematical success will fill the jobs of the future.

The need to prepare future generations

Efforts are in place to double the number of mathematics graduates with bachelor degrees by 2015. In order to accomplish that objective, a serious effort must be exerted at the lower levels of education to prepare future generations of students to reach those proposed goals.

Former New York Mayor Rudolph Giuliani stated we must “do a better job of having the ladder of success there for everyone,” and mathematics is the ladder that will make available an effective entry into the complicated fields attendant with science and technology.

Arizona Governor Janet Napolitano urges an improvement in these areas to engineer a talented workforce in the emerging occupations of the future. Secretary of Education Margaret Spelling stated at a recent news conference, “The field of math is ever more critical and a field that will be in demand. Unfortunately we’re not doing well enough today.”

Synergistic Algebra Modules

Armed with this knowledge and the need for an improved delivery and continuum, Pitsco provides a gateway through which these demands can be reached. Pre-Algebra Modules are laced with real-world, multi-level studies relevant to a student’s future educational travels. Everything from probability and statistics to light and lasers to bioengineering is embedded in the curriculum.

Thus, a student is exposed to a gamut of mathematical knowledge and utilization to carry them on to higher development of the knowledge and skills so vital to the future of our national and personal existence. To seek this curriculum may necessitate the pursuance of grant or Title funds. Title I, Title II, and Title V grants may be utilized to direct the advancement of algebraic goals.

Consider these grant opportunities:

Federal Grants

Enhanced Assessment Grants
These programs are designed to assist in the administering of and development of accountability measures with mathematics as a chief ingredient.
http://www.ed.gov/programs/eag/index.html
Perkins Vocational Technology Act
Funds may be used for vocational and technology education activities plus professional development opportunities for teachers and counselors.
http://www.ed.gov/about/offices/list/ovae/index.html?src=oc
Innovative Education State Grants
This formula grant under Title V stimulates educational innovation by encouraging broad-based reform efforts. The funds may be used for technology, math, professional development software, or curricular materials.
http://www.ed.gov/programs/innovative/index.html
National Science Foundation
NSF promotes and advances scientific programs in the United States and advances grants for science, math, and engineering research in education.
http://www.nsf.gov/funding/

Private and Foundational Grants

Abington Foundation
This foundation provides gifts for educational programs, particularly for development of those programs that stress math readiness.
http://www.fmscleveland.com/abington
Frey Foundation
Frey supports math programs that encourage self-sufficiency and lead children to handle the challenges they will face later in life.
http://freyfoundationmn.org/
Intel
Intel has an ongoing grant program that can be accessed by schools in Arizona, California, Colorado, Massachusetts, New Jersey, New Mexico, Oregon, Texas, Utah, and Washington.
http://www.intel.com/community/grant.htm
State Farm Foundation
This foundation is concerned with efforts to attain educational excellence, particularly in math.
http://www.statefarm.com/foundati/foundati.htm
Westinghouse Science and Math Grants
This grant source places special emphasis on math and science programs in elementary and secondary schools.
http://www.westinghousenuclear.com/Community/school_grant_program.shtm

These grant areas support the ruminations of such eloquent spokespersons as Carl Sandburg, who said, “Arithmetic is where the answer is right and everything is nice and you can look out of the window and see the blue sky – or the answer is wrong and you have to start over and try again and see how it comes out this time.”