The Best of Our Knowledge # 964
Albany, NY – EDUCATION DOLLARS IN STIMULUS DEAL -
With much fanfare, President Barack Obama signed his economic stimulus package in Denver. The President said, "Because America can't outcompete the world of tomorrow if children are being outeducated today, we are making the largest investment in education in our nation's history."
In this tease up to next week's story on the education dollars included, U.S. Secretary of Education, Arne Duncan, describes why these new dollars are so critical at this time.
Glenn Busby reports. (3:05)
**(Attention Listeners and Program Directors. Next week, TBOOK features a lengthy conversation with Secretary Duncan explaining more complete details of the dollars and cents of the education stimulus.)**
NATIONAL WOMEN'S HISTORY MONTH
"THE ROLE OF GENDER IN LANGUAGE USED BY CHILDREN AND PARENTS WORKING ON MATHEMATICAL TASKS" -
Researchers at the University of Hawaii are examining the role that parents' language plays in young girls' confidence in their math abilities.
Preliminary findings suggest there are differences in the ways mothers and fathers communicate with their daughters while working on math tasks.
The research team hopes to use the results to develop recommendations to help parents talk about math with their children in ways that encourage them to pursue education and careers in science and technology.
Kayla Rosenfeld reports from Honolulu. (14:08)
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NATIONAL WOMEN'S HISTORY MONTH PROFILES
DR. EMMY NOETHER -
We're featuring profiles of important women in history on our shows all this month. And because of the story we just aired on mathematics, we've selected Dr. Emmy Noether, a noted mathematician.
Actress Kate Mulgrew narrates. (2:00)
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