Monthly Archives: June 2014

Florida panel recommends new AP physics courses be accepted for algebra-based credit at state colleges and universities

A panel of Florida high school teachers and faculty from state colleges and universities has recommended that the state college and university systems accept scores of 3 and above on the exams for the new AP Physics 1 and 2 … Continue reading

Posted in Uncategorized has it wrong, Part 2

Orlando Sentinel’s School Zone reported on the new Florida law allowing computer programming courses to replace math and science courses here, and included a mention of our post on the subject from last week.  The School Zone post includes video of a Fox … Continue reading

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Particle physics research and experience teaching others on the road to a patent law career for this FSU Physics undergrad

This may not be what you think of as preparation for law school and a career in patent law.  But maybe you should. FSU undergraduate physics major Austin Skeeters, who is planning on a career in patent law, is helping … Continue reading

Posted in Uncategorized has it wrong: There are STEM fields besides computer science that have tremendous opportunity – and are more crucial to the future of information technology than programming

The next information technology revolution will be sparked by the invention of a practical quantum computer, which will harness the quantum mechanical behavior of atoms and molecules to provide computing power that far exceeds the capabilities of today’s conventional computers … Continue reading

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Tallahassee Democrat op-ed on the decline of science in Florida’s K-12 schools: Enough blame to go around

Did I leave anyone out in this morning’s Tallahassee Democrat op-ed on the decline of science in Florida’s K-12 schools?  I certainly offended every political constituency, which isn’t difficult given the insane tribal polarization that seems to dominate K-12 debates now.

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China is kicking our butts in educating engineers and scientists. Will we do anything about it?

Consider this graph published Monday in the online version of the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America (with a hat tip to Motherboard).  Panel A is the number of bachelors’ degrees in science and engineering (S/E) … Continue reading

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Making science a core subject isn’t a matter of “fairness”; it’s a matter of economic common sense

If you’re looking for evidence that K-12 science education has fallen off the education policy radar screen, look no further than this statement from Patricia Levesque published on last week.  Levesque is Executive Director of the Foundation for Excellence … Continue reading

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Florida’s high school science program is “out of order”, according to the National Academy of Education. Is this a good time to fix it?

During a particularly difficult stretch in my son’s 9th grade biology class several years ago, we were all engaged in a struggle to memorize the steps in the Krebs Cycle, which is a series of chemical reactions that takes place … Continue reading

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Florida’s girls significantly underrepresented in AP calculus, physics and computer science

Florida’s high school girls were significantly underrepresented on the 2013 Advanced Placement examinations in calculus, physics and computer science – subjects that prepare them for college majors in the lucrative fields of engineering, physical sciences and computer science where they … Continue reading

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From the NY Fed: “Are Recent College Graduates Finding Good Jobs?”

From the NY Fed policy brief of the above title:   In the policy brief, this figure is labeled Chart 7 – it’s on page 6. I owe a hat tip to the NY Times for steering me to this. I … Continue reading

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