“Linkages,” Our Theme For This year's annual meeting, represents more than linking yesterday to tomorrow. It is about linking today. We need to link in many ways-with members, with each of the Affiliated Groups, with our committees and task forces, with the Headquarters staff, and with other professional groups. Most important, we need to link with our students. who are facing a much different world from the one that many of us experienced as students. We need to help them link ideas within mathematics and between mathematical topics and link mathematics to real-world problems. We need to strengthen many of our links, forge new ones, and sever some links to the past.
The remarks published here have been adapted from the Presidential Address at the 72d Annual Meeting of the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics in Indianapolis, Indiana, 14 April 1994.