Monthly Archives: July 2012

Orlando Sentinel columnist: Florida House Speaker-designate concedes that online university would not “solve all the problems of the world”

Update (2:15 pm):  Kassab posted a follow-up that included a discussion with SUS Chancellor Frank Brogan.  Brogan seems to recognize the problems with online science instruction.  But he cites “some of the work being done by MIT and other top-notch schools that … Continue reading

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National Alliance of Black School Educators: “all students should be afforded the opportunity to formally learn physics in their secondary school”

Given the dropping of physics courses from low SES high schools in the Tallahassee area, this statement from the National Alliance of Black School Educators (posted at the blog of the National Society of Black Physicists) should be an attention-getter: … Continue reading

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Orlando Sentinel: Higher passing bars on science teacher certification exams will worsen teacher shortage

From Sunday’s Sentinel article: The passing rate for the biology-teacher certification exam, for example, is predicted to fall from 87 percent to 68 percent, the Florida Department of Education said. The rate for the middle-school general-science exam is projected to … Continue reading

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Governor Scott’s Blue Ribbon Higher Education Task Force: What never seems to be discussed

Student learning. See the Tampa Bay Times coverage of yesterday’s task force meeting and brainstorming sessions here.

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Is standardized testing good or bad? It can be either, depending on how it is used…

From my op-ed in the June 9 Tallahassee Democrat: …standardized tests that carry consequences for the students taking them can be an important engine for improving the state’s education system.  But poor decision-making can render standardized testing destructive as well, … Continue reading

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Science Standards: And now a few words from the National Science Teachers Association…

Curriculum Matters quotes NSTA Interim Executive Director Gerry Wheeler:  “NSTA is a thousand percent behind the Next Generation Science Standards.” It seemed important to point this out after Commissioner Robinson’s comments on the subject last week, and the subsequent clarification by … Continue reading

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Florida Citizens for Science posts Commissioner’s remarks on science standards; FLDOE official then issues clarification

A video of the brief remarks that Florida Education Commissioner Gerard Robinson made at Tuesday’s State Board of Education meeting on the state’s science standards decision-making process was posted by Florida Citizens for Science blogger Brandon Haught yesterday morning, triggering a … Continue reading

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Naples News: Southwest Florida educational leaders split on Obama STEM master teacher plan

And the split might not be what you’re expecting. (See the article here) Collier County School Board Member Pat Carroll:  “There are ways to accomplish that goal without just throwing federal money at it.” The News didn’t report that Member … Continue reading

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Sherman Dorn reviews an online classical mechanics course

Prominent USF Professor of Education and blogger Sherman Dorn reviews an online classical mechanics offering by Stanford University professor Leonard Susskind.  Sound odd?  Well, it turns out that Sherman is a physics insider, with a physics major daughter and some … Continue reading

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Obama announces national master teacher initiative in STEM fields

From a White House press release: [T]he Obama Administration will announce the President’s plan for the creation of a new, national Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) Master Teacher Corps comprised of some of the nation’s finest educators in STEM … Continue reading

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