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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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AIP survey reveals spectacular growth in high school physics nationally

The new report on high school physics enrollments recently released by the American Institute of Physics reveals spectacular growth in the subject nationally, particularly in conceptual physics courses.  When the AIP began its assessments of high school physics in 1987, … Continue reading

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Do the math: Numbers about science education in Florida (and elsewhere) in 2009

11.5%:  The unemployment rate in Florida at the close of 2009, signaling the structural collapse of the go-go growth-and-tourism economy in the state. 45%:  The fraction of mortgages in Florida that are “underwater,” with the owners owing more than their … Continue reading

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National Physics Teacher Education Task Force Member: “Speak out for the importance of learning physics”

In his talk at the annual meeting of the Southeastern Section of the American Physical Society in Atlanta last Thursday, National Physics Teacher Education Task Force member David Haase urged physicists to advocate for their science in their state legislatures … Continue reading

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AIP Statistician Says Southeastern High Schools Neglect Physics at Twice the National Rate

Twenty percent of small public high schools in the southeastern United States do not offer any physics courses – about twice the national rate.  That was one of the preliminary conclusions from the 2008-2009 National Survey of Physics Teachers presented … Continue reading

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Physics Teachers in Georgia: Only 88 Highly Qualified in 440 High Schools

A story on The Atlantic Monthly website posted August 12 contains this nugget in an article about using virtual schooling to meet rigorous new educational goals: Georgia, for example, has more than 440 high schools, but only 88 highly qualified … Continue reading

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