Monthly Archives: September 2015

FSU bachelors’ degrees in key fields: percentages awarded to black and women students during the last decade

The source for these numbers is the Florida Board of Governors Interactive University Database.

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If this NY Times piece is right, then we must provide college science faculty with the means to change the way we teach

Consider this lead from an article in Sunday’s New York Times: DOES the college lecture discriminate? Is it biased against undergraduates who are not white, male and affluent? And the concluding paragraph: Given that active-learning approaches benefit all students, but … Continue reading

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In the Tallahassee Democrat: Replace Florida tests with national tests

My piece on using the ACT for federal accountability purposes at the high school level instead of Florida’s present testing program was published in this morning’s Tallahassee Democrat. I’ll add a few points to what was published.  First of all, much of … Continue reading

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If the teaching reform you’re pushing can’t help me observe and intervene in student interactions, then I’m not interested

Several years ago, the number one student in my introductory physics class was an engineering major who happened to be a black woman.  In fact, she had come from a high school with very challenging demographics – about 80% of … Continue reading

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Georgia blows away Florida in high school physics

This summer, my undergraduate student Connor Oswald investigated high school physics-taking rates in the different states by asking the state departments of education for data.  He received detailed data for either the 2013-14 or 2014-15 school years from 29 states … Continue reading

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Here we are again: “The erosion of our confidence in the future is threatening to destroy the social and the political fabric of America”

Prompted by an editorial in America Magazine, I took a look at Jimmy Carter’s “malaise speech”, given in the summer of 1979 when I was 18 years old.  I didn’t remember the words, but I remember watching and thinking of the President’s … Continue reading

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