This is not entirely new, but the scale and the formalization make it worth noting. Concerned about declining levels of education in the United States, IBM has declared that it will start funding "employees who want to leave the company to become math and science teachers." Of course, this may also just be a creative way of reducing its American workforce - and making room for those Chinese and Indian students it says it is concerned about. If IBM were really concerned, it seems to me, it would keep the employees on the payroll and have them teach anyways. Of course, that's just me.