The President, Nalini Joshi, of the Australian Mathematical Society, has written an article in The Australian (February 18, 2009). He starts,
"MATHEMATICS is critical to modern life and it will be essential for formulating a response to the present economic crisis. Yet Australian school children are coming out of schools not knowing that doing a calculation with pencil and paper is the way to learn mathematics. While the federal Government is ploughing money into infrastructure, we are staring at the vista of shiny new classrooms and rows of laptops with no mathematics teachers."
Sounds familiar doesn't it - read the article here: