contains an opinion piece by Johnny W. Lott, the immediate past president of the NCTM. Lott discussed six planks from the NCTM (2003) political advocacy program: Equity, Teacher Quality, Research, Assessment, Technology, Teacher Shortage and Retention.
Lott concludes his piece with: "Can we as mathematical people afford not to promote mathematics with the platform outlined if our discipline is to survive?"
In my opinion, a key element for the survival of our discipline is sound textbooks, a "plank" that is glaringly omitted by Lott. The junk books that are being produced in the U.S. can be grouped into three broad categories: 1. The books that copied the Houghton Mifflin series coauthored by Mary P. Dolciani. 2. The MTV/Rain-forest doorstops exposed by Marianne Jennings. 3. Assorted "reform math" rubbish.
As long as our publishing racket continues to produce books that stunt the minds of our students, starting in elementary school, the pseudo-education of American students will continue unabated.