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Former college president pens science-education editorial

March 6, 2012 at 5:05 pm


When he left his eight-year stint as president of Beloit College, John Burris (the college’s 10th president) went on to become the president of the Burroughs Wellcome Fund in Research Triangle Park, N.C. The private foundation awards grants for research, primarily to degree-awarding institutions.

Throughout his career, Burris has maintained this involvement in the sciences, and demonstrated this with a recent editorial in Science magazine, underscoring the importance of well-prepared teachers as the linchpin in providing strong science and math curriculums in American education.

“The United States must commit to the laborious task of improving the teachers we train and the environment in which they teach, while providing teachers with a respect and trust commensurate with their critical societal roles,” Burris wrote in the January 13, 2012 piece, “It’s the Teachers.” In the editorial, he contrasts Finland’s methods of teacher training with those of the Unites States.

Read the full editorial here.