Monthly Archives: September 2010

Something Florida got right in high school science: separate biology, chemistry, Earth/space and physics certifications

Florida has maintained its separate teacher certifications in biology, chemistry, Earth/space and physics while most of the rest of the nation has jettisoned this system in favor of generic science certifications, according to a new report from the National Center … Continue reading

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From XKCD.com: The essence of physicists

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Fall FL-AAPT meeting set in Jacksonville Oct 15-16

The fall meeting of the Florida Section of the American Association of Physics Teachers is set for the South Campus of the Florida State College at Jacksonville on October 15-16.  The program includes a visit to the University of Florida … Continue reading

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PCAST ready to weigh in on federal STEM education support

Curriculum Matters is reporting that the President’s Council of Advisers on Science and Technology (PCAST) is ready to announce a program to coordinate the myriad federal programs aimed at STEM education.  The recommendation will include a laundry list of items, … Continue reading

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Is the supply of secondary science and math teachers adequate?

Really?  You have to ask? Well, two researchers from the University of Pennsylvania did, and here is the abstract of what they had to say: The authors’ analyses of nationally representative data from multiple sources show that math and science … Continue reading

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Requiring biology, chemistry AND physics for university admission – Is it nuts?

It is only a matter of time until the Florida Legislature makes university funding partly contingent on the number of STEM degrees produced – including at the bachelors’ degree level.  Of course, a university’s outputs (number of high quality bachelors’ … Continue reading

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Ensuring that Florida’s university-bound high school graduates are STEM-ready

When Democratic candidate for Governor Alex Sink released her education platform last week, she hit on an important point regarding the new high school graduation requirements in math and science passed by the Florida Legislature and signed into law by … Continue reading

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