Monthly Archives: December 2009

FDOE a “17-story beehive of Race to the Top activity”

I may not always agree with the folks at the Florida Department of Education, but I would never call them lazy.  They are serious, hardworking people who care about their missions. Right now, they are all about Florida’s Race to … Continue reading

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Sally Ride on girls in science, education policy

I recommend this brief piece on former astronaut Sally Ride, who is especially active in promoting science among girls and is involved with President Obama’s effort to promote science and math education. (OK, so it’s not just Elmo promoting President … Continue reading

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What kinds of jobs can a bachelor’s degree recipient in physics get? What about Governor?

If you’re reading this post, you probably already know that newly minted bachelor’s degree recipients in physics have an average starting salary of $52,000.  The jobs available to new physics bachelors range from engineering to information technology to teaching.  But … 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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Science education should be considered at Florida jobs summit

Incoming Florida Senate President Mike Haridopolos and House Speaker Dean Cannon will host a “Jobs Summit” on January 14 and 15 in Orlando to set an economic agenda for the 2010 session of the Florida Legislature.  The summit will focus … Continue reading

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Sherman Dorn agrees: Commissioner Smith should set a date for science

USF Education Professor and blogger Sherman Dorn agrees that Commissioner Smith should set a date for science.  In fact, Professor Dorn goes farther.  He calls for setting a deadline for the revision of science requirements for all high school diploma … Continue reading

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Education policy does not move at the speed of light

Here is an e-mailed dialogue I had today regarding Commissioner Smith’s Tallahassee Democrat op-ed from yesterday, which responded to mine from December 13.  The correspondent is a person who works in a policy-making arm of state government in a staff … Continue reading

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