Monthly Archives: April 2014

Keeping your options open: A college English major falls in love with neuroscience (from the Future Physicists of Florida blog)

This story written by a student at a prominent midwestern liberal arts school is worth taking seriously: My senior year of high school, I used to tell extended family and curious teachers that I was going to major in English … Continue reading

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New Future Physicists of Florida web site features 2014 Goldwater physics majors

The Future Physicists of Florida returned to the web this morning with a post about physics majors from Florida who were honored by the Goldwater Scholarship program this year.  There are eight of them, and they attend a variety of … Continue reading

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Associated Press: Many Americans skeptical about evolution, human contribution to global warming (OK, so this barely qualifies as news…but still…)

Released by the Associated Press yesterday.  I’m a teetotaler, but perhaps you want to get a beer or a glass of wine before reading this, even if there aren’t any surprises here.  The main document is here. It just seemed … Continue reading

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Tax credit scholarship expansion bill reemerges in the Florida Senate: So much for science

The tax credit scholarship expansion has reemerged in the Senate though an amendment to SB 1512, which has now been adopted by the Senate Appropriations Committee. Everything science education advocates need to know about this amendment is contained in this language … Continue reading

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Picking my way through the contradictions: Science and Florida’s tax credit scholarship program

A line from an op-ed in Saturday’s Gainesville Sun written by Alachua County School Board member Eileen Roy (and brought my attention via a tweet from Florida Citizens for Science Communications Director Brandon Haught) has stopped me dead in my tracks: Teaching … Continue reading

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Florida education leaders should keep in mind that science and math are indispensible in preparing leaders

A survey of Fortune 500 CEO’s conducted by the executive search firm Spencer Stuart and published in 2008 showed that the most common bachelor’s degree major among this elite group was engineering.  The 22% of CEO’s that held an engineering … Continue reading

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Will you be teaching AP Physics 1 next school year? (Or did you teach your Honors Physics class as AP Physics 1 this year?) If so, shoot me an e-mail to let me know.

Those of you who have been following my blog for years will not be surprised to learn I am up to my neck in AP Physics 1 and 2 stuff.  No, I don’t teach it – I’m a university professor. … Continue reading

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What invisible looks like: Science literacy and the science and engineering pipeline disappear from the state’s educational agenda

It was sort of funny, actually.  Yesterday, State Impact Florida proclaimed the passing of the FCAT, complete with an illustration of a gravestone.  I responded to their tweet advertising their post by pointing out that their statement was incorrect, that in fact … Continue reading

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The rollout of AP Physics 1 and 2: Many leading universities embracing new courses

Responses from 35 postsecondary institutions to an inquiry by a unit of the American Physical Society show that many leading universities are planning to award credit to students who score well on the new algebra-based AP Physics courses. AP Physics … Continue reading

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(Another) memo to the Florida State Board of Education: On teaching, “What are Florida’s next steps?”

Tomorrow’s SBOE workshop on quality teaching and teacher preparation will conclude with a Board discussion titled “What are Florida’s next steps?” There is general agreement that it is critical to get more great teachers into high needs schools.  And the Board … Continue reading

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