Monthly Archives: July 2013

Preparing our best and brightest for college majors in science and engineering is a legitimate and important function for the public K-12 schools

The public schools should be helping each student achieve to the best of her or his ability. That doesn’t just apply to the students in the lower half of the achievement spectrum.  That means our best and brightest – the … Continue reading

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Critics of evolution and climate change education in Kentucky clash with NGSS advocates at Department of Education hearing

It’s not done in Kentucky yet. Evolution and climate change education opponents clashed with Next Generation Science Standards advocates on Tuesday at a hearing on the standards held by the Kentucky Department of Education.  (Coverage from the Louisville Courier-Journal here)  … Continue reading

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Bloomberg columnist: Weak high school preparation deters college science majors

From a column by Bloomberg writer Cass Sunstein: If the conclusions generalize, the lessons are clear. College teachers aren’t to blame. American students aren’t uninterested in science, nor are they ignorant of the professional opportunities that a degree in this … Continue reading

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Washington State takes big step toward NGSS adoption

As Erik Robelen reports at Curriculum Matters, the Washington State Board of Education voted last week to recommend to the state’s superintendent of schools that the Next Generation Science Standards be adopted there. Washington State is among the NGSS 26 lead state … Continue reading

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Dear Mr. Broad: Maybe the American Physical Society has it figured out. NSF lauds PhysTEC program in 2014 budget request to Congress

The National Science Foundation has cited PhysTEC as an outstanding program in its budget request to Congress: School districts report a greater shortage of teachers in physics than in any other academic discipline. Only 35 percent of high-school physics teachers … Continue reading

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On teacher education: Why worry? Eli Broad has it all figured out!

From Eli’s July 3 op-ed in the Los Angeles Times: Rather than relying on schools of education to deliver on this promise, I would advocate a different approach: Help aspiring teachers develop content expertise by requiring them to study math, … Continue reading

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LA Times on California NGSS delay: Board expresses support for NGSS

From the Los Angeles Times: State Board of Education officials delayed a decision Wednesday on adopting new science standards that would tackle fewer subjects more deeply and favor hands-on experiments over rote memorization of facts.  The board decided to take … Continue reading

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