I recently received from Francis (Skip) Fennell, a member of the NCTM Board, a copy of a statement of support from the Conference Board of the Mathematical Sciences (CBMS). At the end of the statement, I will list the organizations involved, but I thought this recent statement--adopted at the CBMS Council Meeting on May 7, 1995--might be of interest to this listserv, especially since there had been some question raised concerning whether the mathematics community supported the direction taken by NCTM.
Ron Ward/Western Washington U/Bellingham, WA 98225 firstname.lastname@example.org
"The members of the Conference Board of the Mathematical Sciences, composed of the fourteen presidents of the mathematical sciences organizations in the United States, support and endorse the following statement: A strong mathematics education for every child is at the very basis of the nation's need for a competent work force and an informed society, now and in the future. To enable all students to acquire a strong mathematics education is the prime objective of the mathematics education reform movement, which was generated at the grass roots level and propelled by the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics' Standards. The thrust of this movement is to promote a core of serious mathematics for every student at the primary and secondary levels as well as to lay a solid foundation for continuing the study of mathematics at the post-secondary level. The reform efforts seek to improve student learning by building on the strengths of the past, incorporating modern technology, and engaging students actively in the learning process, always keeping in mind the needs and aspirations of students. Therefore, these reform efforts deserve support by society at large as well as the mathematics community in particular."
[American Mathematical Association of Two-Year Colleges, American Mathematical Society, American Statistical Association, Association for Symbolic Logic, Association for Women in Mathematics, Association of State Supervisors of Mathematics, Institute for Operations Research and the Management Sciences, Institute of Mathematical Statistics, Mathematical Association of America, National Association of Mathematicians, National Council of Supervisors of Mathematics, National Council of Teachers of Mathematics, Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematics, Society of Actuaries.]