Monthly Archives: November 2009

Crist on more advanced math and science: “No thank you Ma’am, I’m just fine” (He was in fourth grade)

With hat tips to the Palm Beach Post and Jeff Solochek at the St. Petersburg Times blog Gradebook: In early November, Dr. June Clarke abruptly retired from the Palm Beach County school system, where she had taught for the last … Continue reading

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Washington State Education Chief Tries to Put Brakes on New Requirements for High School Math and Science

In a development that offers an intriguing contrast with the situation in Florida, the superintendent of Washington State’s public schools, Randy Dorn, is arguing for a delay in the implementation of the state’s tough new graduation requirements in math and … Continue reading

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National “Spokesperson” for Science Education: Elmo

Last week’s New York Times’ article on the President’s science education initiative featured a photo of Elmo, who is credited with being one of the two primary “spokespersons” for the White House science education initiative.  The other primary spokesperson?  Of … Continue reading

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Budget Worries Gut Science Testing: Orlando Sentinel Report

The Orlando Sentinel’s Leslie Postal reports in today’s paper that Florida’s high school end-of-course testing program will be limited to Algebra 1 and 2, biology, and US History because of budget issues.  The biology end-of-course test will be field-tested in … Continue reading

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Guest Post: Paul Ruscher, “Why Earth Science Matters”

“Bridge to Tomorrow” welcomes Dr. Paul Ruscher as a guest blogger today.   Dr. Ruscher is Associate Professor and Associate Chair of the Department of Meteorology at Florida State University, and a Fellow of the American Meteorological Society.  He was also … Continue reading

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Relationships, Policy-Making and Thanksgiving

Dear Readers, Thank you for taking the time to consider what Holly and I have had to say on educational issues during these last weeks.  In particular, the response to my posts on Todd Clark’s brave comments has been gratifying … Continue reading

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Florida Policy-Makers Say: “Last in the Nation for Science? So What?”

Given the courageously candid comments (“Florida students are pretty much last in the nation for science”) delivered last week by Florida Department of Education Curriculum and Instruction Bureau Chief Todd Clark, it’s worth a look at what the state’s policy-makers … Continue reading

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