Monthly Archives: May 2014

Leakage from Florida’s K-12 Science and Engineering Pipeline: It’s bad for everyone, worst for black students

A colleague who focuses much of his effort on recruiting minority students into physics and engineering took a look at my recent analysis of the achievement gap in Florida’s high school science and engineering pipeline and asked me for a … Continue reading

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From the Florida Courier: Choose your college major wisely

Given Arne Duncan’s comments on racial inequities in access to high school math and science courses and the rather striking results of an analysis of disparities in AP science and math courses in Florida’s schools, it seems appropriate to quote from … Continue reading

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AP math and science in Florida: Close THIS achievement gap!

How do Florida’s black and Hispanic students do in the K-12 science and engineering pipeline?   As well as other students?  Or does the pipeline leak more for these minority students? Arne Duncan’s comments about access to advanced math and … Continue reading

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Arne Duncan: Deep racial inequalities exist in access to STEM courses

From the NMSI blog: Earlier this week, U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan spoke at the Education Writers Association’s 67th Annual Conference in Nashville, Tennessee, where he asserted that despite the 60-year-old ruling of Brown v. Board of Education, there … Continue reading

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To my colleagues on the FSU faculty: It’s time to get ready for President Thrasher

In my 28 years at Florida State, I’ve served only one academic year in the Faculty Senate. That was 2002-2003, the year of the presidential search that resulted in the hiring of TK Wetherell, who was then President of Tallahassee … Continue reading

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It’s time to stop giving college credit for College Algebra

If one more parent tells me how proud she or he is of her high school son or daughter for taking a college math course which turns out to be College Algebra, I will probably not be able to stifle … Continue reading

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The high school graduation speech I wish I could hear again

This speech was given by the Salutatorian at Chiles High School in Tallahassee at the school’s 2007 graduation.  The Salutatorian was my eldest child, Catie, who is now an associate at a law firm in Chicago.  The speech was one … Continue reading

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