Co-sponsoring the NBC News Education Nation Teacher Town Hall

Solving our nation’s math and science challenges will require great teachers. But according to the National Academy of Sciences, more than two-thirds of students in fifth through eighth grade are being taught math by teachers without a degree or credential in mathematics. In the physical sciences, this figure is even more alarming – 93 percent.

We want to change that.

Math and science are at the core of ExxonMobil’s business strengths. We employ 18,000 engineers and scientists and 2,000 PhDs. We have a keen interest in increasing proficiency in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM).

That’s why we are teaming up with the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation to co-sponsor a nationally televised Teacher Town Hall at the historic New York Public Library. The event on Sunday, September 23 will help kick off the third annual NBC News Education Nation Summit.

Moderated by Brian Williams, the town hall will bring together more than 350 teachers to consider the most pressing issues facing educators on the frontline of America’s classrooms and allow them to share best practices and solutions.

We are delighted that an ExxonMobil engineer, Brandi Burns, has been asked to provide opening remarks.

We plan to stream Brandi’s remarks as well as the entire Teacher Town Hall Sunday live on ExxonMobil Perspectives (it can also be viewed live on MSNBC). The event will take place from noon to 2 pm ET, and I encourage you to join us.

If you miss this important dialogue, check back here at Perspectives, where we will make available a video recording of the event.

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  1. Gudrun Scott says:

    How about teaching about the Keeling Curve – great science behind it and part of our current world of facing up to the climate change- or are you going to the schools and doing climate denial?

    You can combine the Keeling Curve with the human factor of David Keeling who received the metal of honor for science from George Bush.

    Bottom line however is that gas drilling causes methane leaks that cannot be avoided when cracking and fracking a mile underground were the landscape is not fully understood and methane is 100 times the greenhouse gas than CO2– maybe you don’t want to discuss that either .

    We are headed for uncontrolled heating of the planet to occur after there is 450 ppm of Co2 in the atmosphere and that will be estimated to happen in about 25 years if we continue business as usual and keep kicking the can down the road . — are you going to discuss that?

    Lots of challenges and Exxon Mobile has to face up to not doing business as usual — there is more in the world than one of those moonscape offshore oil platforms — it does not inspire but shake up some of us— small is better……less is more — exciting new technology harvesting the sun energy directly — while consuming less and practicing conservation, recycling and yes- going back to the old “horse and buggy ” days that some people fear are aughful but not really always — we might look back with nostalgia. You need to teach real values and genuine priorities among humans in schools– are you going to promote that?

    sincerely, retired chemistry teacher and registered nurse.

  2. Gudrun Scott says:

    How about teaching about the Keeling Curve – great science behind it and part of our current world of facing up to the climate change- or are you going to the schools and doing climate denial?

    You can combine the Keeling Curve with the human factor of David Keeling who received the metal of honor for science from George Bush.

    Bottom line however is that gas drilling causes methane leaks that cannot be avoided when cracking and fracking a mile underground were the landscape is not fully understood and methane is 100 times the greenhouse gas than CO2– maybe you don’t want to discuss that either .

    We are headed for uncontrolled heating of the planet to occur after there is 450 ppm of Co2 in the atmosphere and that will be estimated to happen in about 25 years if we continue business as usual and keep kicking the can down the road . — are you going to discuss that?

    Lots of challenges and Exxon Mobile has to face up to not doing business as usual — there is more in the world than one of those moonscape offshore oil platforms — it does not inspire but shake up some of us— small is better……less is more — exciting new technology harvesting the sun energy directly — while consuming less and practicing conservation, recycling and yes- going back to the old “horse and buggy ” days that some people fear are aughful but not really always — we might look back with nostalgia. You need to teach real values and genuine priorities among humans in schools– are you going to promote that?

    sincerely, retired chemistry teacher and registered nurse.