In 1999, the Third International Math and Science Study (TIMSS) found that American fourth graders are near the top in international comparisons when it comes to math and science, but that by the twelfth grade American students are near the bottom. In a speech last month before the New York City Leadership Academy, News Corporation Chairman and CEO Rupert Murdoch warned that unless public schools are turned around, American students are going to lose jobs to their better educated counterparts from other countries.
“Unless we get education right, this new American century may not last more than a couple of decades,” Murdoch said. “Frankly, I think too few of my peers in the corporate world are stepping up to that responsibility to support the schools. After all, their corporations will be some of the major beneficiaries if this initiative works.”
Murdoch’s speech was the first such annual lecture at the Leadership Academy, which was opened last year to train school principals and will soon graduate its first class of seventy-seven principals. It is a cornerstone of Mayor Michael Bloomberg and New York City Schools Chancellor Joel Klein’s Children First Reform efforts and was established to recruit and train outstanding principals to lead New York City’s public schools.
For more information, visit http://www.nycenet.edu/FundForPublicSchools/News/rupert+murdoch.htm.
|Nestlé and Reading Is Fundamental Sponsor Competition to Name the Very Best in Youth
The Nestlé Very Best In Youth, cosponsored by Nestlé and Reading Is Fundamental (RIF), honors thirty young people who have made reading a priority and in the process have made tangible contributions to the quality of life in their communities. The youth, selected from nominations from RIF coordinators, volunteers, parents, and teachers, will be featured in a special publication and honored at a ceremony in Los Angeles in July 2005. Nomination forms must be submitted by November 1, 2004.
Every day, all across the country, young people are making their communities better. To help, Nestlé donates $1,000 to the favorite charity of each Nestlé Very Best In Youth winner. In the past, winners have used the money to set up a RIF program at a local elementary school, create sports programs for handicapped kids, augment food programs for the homeless, and buy books for underprivileged youngsters.
More information, including nomination forms and eligibility requirements, is available athttp://www.rif.org/what/eventscontests/verybestinyouth/default.mspx.