Monthly Archives: December 2011

Who should be the primary beneficiary of the work of the public schools? The students, or Florida’s businesses?

The primary mission of Florida’s public schools at all levels is to prepare the state’s students for the new economy. It seems to me that should be self-evident.  When our students earn their terminal degrees, whether at the high school, … Continue reading

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Make STEM teaching careers more attractive: The Tallahassee Democrat op-ed from December

Here is the link to my Democrat op-ed from December 16.  One of the key lines:  “Of course, we can’t put just anybody in our math and science classrooms. These teachers must have strong math and science skills themselves.”

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American Physical Society lists Science and Engineering Readiness Index as one of its 2011 news highlights

The American Physical Society news service Weekly Newsbrief has listed the Science and Engineering Readiness Index (SERI) as one of its highlights for 2011.  Newsbrief’s article on SERI, which was also featured on the MSNBC web site, was the service’s … Continue reading

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Making sure math teachers are strong in math: The FSU-Teach approach

One of the commenters on yesterday’s Gradebook post on math and science education complained that many math teachers in Florida’s secondary schools “do not even have a mathematical mind.”  This is a broad problem recently documented by researchers at Michigan … Continue reading

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The challenge of recruiting and retaining strong math and science teachers – comments from Gradebook

The Gradebook post on SB 1368 has attracted some comments on the problem of recruiting and retaining strong math and science teachers.  These comments are apparently from teachers. The problem is, the schools do not have teachers teaching math. They … Continue reading

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Next Florida Senate President files bill to provide schools with incentives to push advanced math and science courses

The Florida Senate’s next President, Don Gaetz, has filed a bill titled the “Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) High School Graduation Acceleration Act of 2012” that has two major provisions related to STEM education, one of which would provide … Continue reading

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My Christmas wish: 10,000 Mr. Gellers

From the NY Times feature on less well-known persons who passed away in 2011: When Richard Geller died, students put his catch phrase, “Math is #1,” all over Stuyvesant High School, in New York City, where he had taught. It … Continue reading

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