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Check out the SBD article: Mickelson Shares Love For Science At ExxonMobil Teachers Academy

Posted on: July 21, 2010

After the final round of the British Open, golfer PHIL MICKELSON flew to Newark for the start of this week’s Mickelson ExxonMobil Teachers Academy, which is “sort of a summer camp for science teachers, where third, fourth and fifth grade teachers come to learn how to improve their teaching of math and science,” according to William McGurn of the WALL STREET JOURNAL. Mickelson: “I’ve always used math and science in my career. It helps me know what I need to focus on.” Mickelson’s hope is that by “helping teachers, the academy will help America’s kids experience similar aha! moments of their own as they realize the applicability of math and science to their daily lives.” ExxonMobil “worries that American kids don’t get enough math or science compared to their peers in countries such as China and India,” and Mickelson “shares that concern.” He said, “I used to think that companies went overseas for cheap labor. That may be part of it. But I’ve learned that the larger issue is to attract people who have the engineering and other skills they need.” After this week’s program has concluded, “some 2,600 teachers will have gone through the academy since its founding in 2005” (WALL STREET JOURNAL, 7/20). Mickelson appeared on NBC’s “Today” yesterday (shown above) to promote the Mickelson ExxonMobil Teaching Academy (“Today,” NBC, 7/19).



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