The mail brings a stack of envelopes. On the top is a letter from Judy Sowder with information about the NCTM's Research Agenda Project. Four conferences, each on a different topic, are scheduled for this spring to consider research issues and identify directions for further work. Each will result in a monograph, with a fifth monograph providing an overview. The project looks promising, but is it reasonable to set research agendas for mathematics education? An agenda suggests there will be someone to carry it out; do researchers follow agendas in deciding what research to conduct next? Sometimes one has the image of each researcher located on a separate island, sending messages to one another in bottles (journals) that may or may not be read. On most islands, people seem to be busier filling bottles with new messages than reading the messages they have received. What would an agenda mean to such an island community?