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Math Students March in Protest: "We're Not Nerds!"


Maria Terrone
Executive Director of Communications
(718) 997-5591

Maria Matteo
News Assistant
(718) 997-5590




Demonstration Kicks Off TIME 2000 Conference “Celebrating Mathematics Teaching”;
TIME 2000 Dedicated to Overcoming Serious Shortage of Qualified Math Teachers


Math students attending Queens College as part of TIME 2000, an undergraduate mathematics teacher preparation program, will be staging a protest to dispel the commonly held perception that math students and math teachers are nerds and to stamp out math anxiety and negativeattitudes towards math. The demonstration marks the opening of the third annual "Celebrating Mathematics Teaching" conference.
The conference will be attended by more than 240 high school math
students from Queens, Nassau, Suffolk, Manhattan, the Bronx, and Rockland counties who are considering pursuing careers as math teachers. To enhance the image of math as a course of study, conference speakers, most of whom are math teachers themselves, will speak on compelling math topics such as:

  • "CSI Investigations and Mathematics," which will explore how forensic experts use mathematics when solving cases
  • "What Flavor is your Battery," in which students will use math to determine which type of fruit makes the best battery
  • "Kangaroos: Moving on Over," in which students will use kangaroo facts and algebra to do some problem solving,
  • "Preventing Mathematics Anxiety"




There is a shortage of qualified math teachers in the U.S. According to the U.S. Department of Education's National Center for Education Statistics, n 1999-2000 the majority (65.2%) of middle school students were taught mathematics by teachers who had neither an undergraduate major nor certification in mathematics.



Friday, November 19



8:45 - 9:15 a.m.
9:30 a.m.
9:45 a.m.
11:00 a.m.
1:00 - 2:00 p.m.

Students Protest
Conference Opening Remarks
"Why Teach Math Professionally?"
Student Panel, Closing Remarks



Queens College Rosenthal Library
Corner of Long Island Expressway (Exit 24) and Kissena Blvd.,
Flushing, Queens. For directions, go to

About TIME 2000
The TIME 2000 Program is an undergraduate program at Queens College designed for prospective secondary school mathematics teachers. Participating students, who are recruited out of high school, are provided with up to four years of free tuition through the program in exchange for pursuing careers as secondary school math teachers. The TIME acronym stands for Teaching Improvement through Mathematics Education.

Students in the program work closely with professors and peers and engage in course work, seminars and extracurricular activities. The students major in mathematics and minor in secondary education. Upon graduation and completion of New York State examinations, the students are qualified to begin teaching mathematics in grades 7 through 12.

Planning for the program began in 1997 with the first students enrolling for the fall of 1998. The program has been successful in meeting its objectives of preparing an increased number of students for careers in teaching mathematics. In 1995, Queens College graduated only three students with majors in mathematics and minors in education, who had entered college out of high school and who intended to pursue careers as math teachers. In 2005, the college expects to graduate 34 such students, representing an increase of more than 1,000%.

For more information, please visit or contact Dr. Alice Artzt at 718-997-5377 or

About Queens College
Queens College of the City University of New York (CUNY) is dedicated to the idea that a first-rate education should be accessible to talented individuals of all backgrounds and financial means. Founded in 1937, the college offers an exceptional liberal arts curriculum, with over 100 undergraduate and graduate programs. Located on a beautiful 77-acre campus in Flushing, Queens College enjoys a national reputation for its liberal arts and sciences and professional programs. Consisted included in the Princeton Review The Best 357 Colleges, Queens College is rated among the nation’s top 10% colleges and offers exceptional students a range of honors programs. For more information, please visit


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