I sincerely hope that today’s Tallahassee Democrat op-ed pointing out the extraordinary success that Leon County’s physics teachers have had coaxing more students into the subject gives these teachers at least a small fraction of the recognition they deserve.
Some education policy aficionados may have noticed that I left out the county’s only charter high school, Florida State University School. That school continues to refuse to offer physics to its students. Of course, FSUS carries the brand name of Florida State University, whose physics department is one of the finest in the southeastern United States. Ironies never cease.
I have more sympathy for the one rural county bordering on Leon that does not offer physics – Gadsden. I certainly wish they would find a way to give the district’s students the physics opportunity, just as Jefferson and Wakulla Counties do.