Monthly Archives: August 2012

From Phys.org: Study shows many physics professors adopting reform teaching pedagogies quit because of lack of support

From “Physics faculty try innovative teaching methods“: …Why is college science instruction so slow to change when we know that there are better methods? Focused research and development has resulted in a variety of effective strategies for teaching science. These … Continue reading

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No college student should major in biology

I used to give that advice to the students in FSU’s Honors Program when I was Director of the program years ago.  I also gave this advice to a group of middle school students and parents I met with near … Continue reading

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Breakthrough! Florida rises from 50th to 49th on the ACT Science section

The 2012 ACT state results are here. [Editor’s note:  We apologize for not posting a sarcasm alert.] Orlando Sentinel coverage here. Update: Commissioner Robinson has released a statement on the ACT results.  Here it is: Statement from Education Commissioner Gerard … Continue reading

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PARCC this: Florida going backward in science

With the release earlier this week of Governor Scott’s statement on the implementation of the Common Core Standards in Florida and the development of the PARCC testing program, the state is now looking forward to the retirement of the FCAT … Continue reading

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Florida K-12 schools preparing to compete at the national level (but not in science)

An article in this morning’s Florida Times-Union reminds us that our state is preparing to raise its game so that it can compete nationally via the PARCC assessment program, which will be based on the Common Core Standards in math … Continue reading

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Politics of K-12 physics subject of FSU Physics Colloquium on September 6

My talk title on Thursday, September 6 will be “‘But you’re just a physics booster!’  Why K-12 physical science matters and what we in Florida should do about it.”  The talk begins at 3:45 pm in UPL 101.  Refreshments will … Continue reading

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More on the UK’s school physics explosion from The Guardian: financial incentives for new physics teachers taking hold

From The Guardian’s science blog “Notes and Theories“: Physics A-level is another interesting subject to look at. Last year’s Royal Society report (“Science and mathematics education: the transition to higher education”) noted that the provision of physics A-level in schools … Continue reading

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BBC: Is UK focus on teacher professional development in math and physics driving explosion in A-levels in those subjects?

From the BBC: …figures out today show that the total number of students entered for physics A-level has increased by 5%, from 32,860 in 2011 to 34,509 in 2012. For mathematics, the story has been even more spectacular. Today’s results show … Continue reading

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So why is it that after all these years women are still only 20% of the 1st year graduate students in physics??

See the latest report on 1st year graduate students in physics from the American Institute of Physics here: AIP report on 1st year graduate students in physics

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Orlando Sentinel commentator and dad argues pushing college-bound students to take “advanced mathematics” is “just not worth it”; here’s my response

Leslie Postal at School Zone yesterday posted on two commentaries appearing in the Orlando Sentinel.  One was my argument for more end-of-course exams in high school math and science courses.  The other was by a Winter Park dad, an engineer … Continue reading

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