I've recently pulled two of my children out of school, opting instead for a home-school model. Although the school enjoys a decent rating in Northern California, I can't figure out why. Today, Tapping America's Potential (TAP) introduced a Web site TAP2015 designed by the business community to promote math and science reform TAP promotes math and science. It's about time.
I'm with the 15 companies that make up TAP, that must be appalled enough to commit to such an effort. My son, Nicholas, wants to be an engineer. I felt that goal nearly impossible given how little he was challenged to think, how dumbed down the curriculum, and how bored he is in 9th grade. Finally, I threw up my hands. Today, he and my daughter Sasha are moving along at an accelerated pace--even they're surprise at how much school time was actually wasted.
The goal of TAP is to double the number of U.S. science, technology, engineering and mathematics graduates with bachelor's degrees by 2015. Mobilizing an effort to express concerns in Congress and to the administration, TAP is asking policymakers to strengthen the country's capabilities in science, technology, engineering, and math.
I've long wondered how far down this educational spiral we would go. Hopefully, TAP will have an impact. I'll be keeping a close watch.