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"What we're seeing is erosion, because fewer of our own young people are interested in science and math. Part of it is that [those fields] haven't been viewed as being very glamorous. In terms of early education and performance in science and math, we haven't done so well in recent times. So these things are all going to exacerbate a growing trend--a quiet crisis that could lead to a perfect storm if all these factors come together. I'm not saying our economy is about to fall apart. This is a question of looking at trends that, if left unchecked, can lead to a day of reckoning."
-Shirley Ann Jackson ' 68, PhD ' 73, president of Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, quoted in Business Week, October 11, 2004