IBM paying employees to become teachers

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IBM, like parents and companies in technical sectors, is worried that the US is not as competitive as it should be with educating our kids in the sciences.  The large company is taking an innovative step by financially backing employees who leave the company to become math and science teachers.  The tech industry has long stated unease at the rate US students are falling behind those of other countries but this is the first I’ve heard that a company has taken such a measure.

“Over a quarter-million math and science teachers are needed, and it’s hard to tell where the pipeline is,” said Stanley Litow, head of the IBM Foundation, the Armonk, N.Y.-based company’s community service wing. “That is like a ticking time bomb not just for technology companies, but for business and the U.S. economy.”

The IBM offer to employees who leave to become teachers includes a leave of absence with up to half their salary and up to $15,000 in tuition reimbursements.

(via Washington Post)

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Bernard Schneider

As I read it, it is 100 people a year, for Math and Science. Nice thought, and a lot of publicity bang for the buck. How many of these will show up in inner city schools?

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