Monthly Archives: October 2013

Few school districts willing to address the shortage of math and science teachers with incentives

From the article “Gains in Teacher Quality” by Dan Goldhaber and Joe Walch, published in Education Next: Finally, we see little change across years in the relative propensity of STEM and non-STEM majors to become teachers. There has been a gradual … Continue reading

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Orlando Science School’s Future Physicists of Florida Class of 2013

Here they are, in all their glory.  If you look really hard, in the back you can see former FAMU Physics Department Chair, Associate VP for Research and Saint Charles Weatherford, keynote speaker and former FSU Physics Department Chair Mark … Continue reading

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Tampa Bay Times editorial: A little above average in math and science is good enough for Florida’s children

Update (Tuesday, 8 pm):  The Tampa Bay Times has published my letter. I’ve fired off a letter to the editor at the Tampa Bay Times in response to this morning’s editorial titled “Florida’s scores:  not bad”, about the state’s results on the NAEP-TIMMS linking … Continue reading

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Why I pick on biology

Biology is the predominant K-12 science subject – almost the “official K-12 science subject” – of the State of Florida, and many other states as well.  I occasionally note, both on this blog and in op-eds (which are much more … Continue reading

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Is the NAEP-TIMMS linking report good news for American students? Judge for yourself here.

The New York Times says the NAEP-TIMMS linking study is good news for American students, but I don’t agree. See for yourself here: NAEP-TIMSS_FINAL_embargoed And take a look at the Orlando Sentinel story, which includes my grumpy comments about Florida’s performance. And here is … Continue reading

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Florida must push ahead with upgrades in K-12 math despite tears, frustration

Among the arguments made opposing the continued implementation of the Common Core standards in Florida during three public hearings last week, the most publicized were slurs like “Communist Core” and statements that have since been revealed to be outright falsehoods. … Continue reading

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Future Physicists of Florida inducts 76 in FSU ceremony; UWF ceremony this week will induct another 35

Seventy-six talented middle schoolers from three Florida cities were inducted on Friday into the Future Physicists of Florida during a ceremony on the FSU campus.  FPF aims to encourage students to take the challenging high school courses necessary to prepare … Continue reading

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Florida TaxWatch distributes dueling Common Core op-eds from last Sunday’s Tallahassee Democrat

Florida TaxWatch has sent its members two op-eds published in the Tallahassee Democrat last Sunday.  One was written by middle school math teacher and Leon School Board candidate Alva Swofford Striplin, while the other was written by (wait for it) me. While … Continue reading

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Cirque du Common Core – Day 3

Update (4:00 am Friday):  Travis Pillow’s report in the Tallahassee Democrat is here. While the Tallahassee stop on the Florida Education Commissioner’s Common Core tour was relatively reasonable, with few mentions of communism, the USSR and the NSA, Jeb Bush railed against … Continue reading

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Cirque du Common Core – Day 2

From the Miami Herald’s coverage of the Davie Common Core hearing, titled “Critics at forum blast controversial new school standards as ‘Communist Core’”: Broward’s passion-filled event at times featured boos or applause. Though not everyone who showed up was opposed to Common … Continue reading

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