Monthly Archives: September 2012

The Florida Department of Education position on the Next Generation Science Standards

When Governor Scott released his statement praising Florida’s participation in the PARCC testing program – which is based on the Common Core Standards in math and English language arts – I wrote to him pointing out that a national science … Continue reading

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Are physicists smart enough to do 4th grade math?

From a colleague: After your talk today, I came home to my 4th grade daughter’s worksheet homework that included the following: How many seven-digit numbers less than 1,048,000 can be made using the digits 0, 1, 4, 6, 7, 8 … Continue reading

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Washington Post: New K-12 goals in Virginia based on race – a higher performance goal is set for Asian students than for white students, and lower performance goals are set for African-American and Latino students

Hat tip to Gradebook. From the Washington Post: Virginia intends to revise its new goals for student achievement in public schools, after state and federal officials agreed that those goals did not do enough to narrow the gap between students … Continue reading

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“But you’re just a physics booster!” – Why K-12 physical science matters and what we in Florida should do about it (Today’s Physics Colloquium talk)

The power point from my FSU Physics Colloquium talk today is here: fsu colloquium

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NPR on physics teaching at Broward’s DeSoto High

NPR broadcast a story this morning on the teacher shortage in Broward County: In Broward County — the nation’s sixth-largest school district — more than 500 teachers resigned just two weeks before the start of the school year. “It’s very … Continue reading

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Future Physicists of Florida, a new organization, aims to encourage middle and high school students to prepare for college majors in physics and engineering

I complain often about the course-taking choices of Florida’s high school students and the advice they receive from guidance counselors, teachers and administrators – that it steers students away from higher-level math courses and physics, which are the gateway high … Continue reading

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Why do Republicans dodge the subject of differential pay for teachers?

STEM education made it into the Republican platform for this year’s national election (thanks to Ron Matus at redefinED for posting the education portion of the platform).  STEM education was mentioned in Governor Bush’s convention speech, and a genuine science … Continue reading

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