Archive for December 6th, 2002

6th December
2002

First Published in The New York Sun, December 6, 2002
By Andrew Wolf

Next month, Schools Chancellor Klein is set to announce the results of phase one of his “Children First” initiative. This is the blueprint designed to pull the public school system up from years of failure and mediocrity, and give our kids the quality education they deserve.

But why wait until then to find out what Mr. Klein is up to? A math professor at New York University, a particularly astute observer of our city’s educational scene, has already figured out what the chancellor will propose.

Bastiaan Braams comes to New York from the Netherlands. He is a research professor in the Department of Mathematics at N.Y.U.’s prestigious Courant Institute, where he does research in magneto-fluid dynamics and teaches courses with titles such as “Parallel Algorithms in Scientific Computing and Many Body Problems.” If this isn’t rocket science, I don’t know what it is. Mr. Braams has also read a great deal about education, and he has a Web page that provides annotated links to a large collection of articles about mathematics and science curriculum as well as broader educational issues. (more…)