The 2004 Lovett C. Peters Lecture in Public Policy focused on the disturbing gap in the number of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics graduates that the United States turns out compared to other nations. Robert J. (Bob) Herbold, (pictured at right), a retired Microsoft official and chair of the President’s Council of Advisors on Science and Technology’s Workforce/Education Subcommittee, argued the situation threatens our nation’s position as the world’s industrial leader and requires immediate action to strengthen science and math education in our schools— including instituting merit and differential pay for teachers in such subjects. An edited transcript of his remarks follows.
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