Category Archives: Physics teacher preparation

American Chemical Society statement on pre-service teacher education attracts limited support in Florida and elsewhere

When the American Chemical Society adopted its “Statement on Pre-Service Education” in Fall of 2009, it must have seemed like the right thing to say at the right time.  After all, STEM education was a hot topic nationally.  When the … Continue reading

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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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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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AP Physics redesign: Will Honors Physics disappear from high schools?

A message from the College Board’s official listserve for Advanced Placement Physics gave a tantalizing hint of big doings in the redesign of the AP Physics program, which is being funded by the National Science Foundation as part of an … Continue reading

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Alex Sink’s plans on STEM education – she (or her staff) have some of their facts wrong or missing

You’ll have to take my word on this:  I want Alex Sink to be a really strong candidate for Governor. But the portion of her education plan regarding STEM education (argh – she wants to call it STEAM education!) has … Continue reading

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Hillsborough looking out of state for math and science teachers

Fox 13 News in Tampa is reporting that the Hillsborough County school district is sending recruiters out of state – way out of state – to recruit teachers in critical needs fields, including math and science.  Fox 13 reporter Doug … Continue reading

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Why do some people think the new high school graduation requirements are a “huge unfunded mandate”?

I think I get it now.  I understand the argument that leads some folks to believe that the new high school graduation requirements are a “huge unfunded mandate”.  It’s just that the argument is wrong. School Zone posted a link … Continue reading

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