Calling the Upstate region and, in particular, Geneva the ideal location for his announcement, United States Sen. Charles Schumer (D-NY) yesterday unveiled legislation to recruit math and science teachers across the country.
The Math Science Teaching Corps Act will address the nation’s shortage of educators in these disciplines by attracting top-notch math and science graduates to the teaching profession. The program would give high school teachers in these areas a stipend of up to $20,000 a year over and above their salaries.
Schumer said that the combination of superior higher education institutions such as Hobart and William Smith and burgeoning high technology industries such as the Technology Farm at the Cornell Agriculture & Food Technology Park made Upstate New York a fitting background for the announcement.
At an event held at Technology Farm, where Schumer spoke, HWS President Mark D. Gearan said that he trusts students and recent graduates will be drawn to the profession.
“I have every belief that young adults will answer the call. This is a generation of young Americans who want to serve, said Gearan, referencing his work with college students, the Peace Corps and AmeriCorps.
Hobart and William Smith will likely be a source to fill the demand for teachers. The Colleges are known for their strength in the sciences. Gearan noted that within the past few years several students from the science departments at the Colleges have earned prestigious international awards such as Rhodes, Fulbright, Goldwater and Gates Cambridge scholarships.
Additionally, HWS has a solid undergraduate teaching program in place and, in 2002, added a Master of Arts in Teaching graduate degree. The Colleges also have established the popular Finger Lakes Institute, which promotes research and education about the Finger Lakes.
For more information on the legislation, visit the Math Science Teaching Corps Web site.