Monthly Archives: December 2016

Computer science isn’t the only field in which addressing the gender gap is an urgent economic issue. Addressing the gaps in engineering and physics is urgent, too.

The Washington Post carried an op-ed which argued that addressing the gender gap in computer science is an urgent economic issue for our nation.  The authors – Girls Who Code Founder Reshma Saujani and Accenture North American group Chief Executive Julie Sweet … Continue reading

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Would more students learn math better if Florida dropped the Algebra 2 end-of-course exam?

Algebra 2 has traditionally been the “college-ready” high school math course in Florida and elsewhere.  It is the gateway high school math course to associate degree-level STEM careers – which pay much better than many bachelors’ degrees.  However, the state’s … Continue reading

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In Florida, let’s make 2017 the Year of the Teacher

During the last decade, Florida has stumbled forward into a Brave New K-12 World by implementing a series of “student-centered” reforms aimed at increasing student achievement.  These reforms have been successful in reading at all levels and in math and … Continue reading

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2016: A visual guide to the year in math and science education in Florida’s high schools

Every student bound for a four-year college should be prepared to choose any major, including those in Georgetown CEW’s top 25 – which are almost all math-intensive majors in engineering, mathematics, computing, physics and economics.  That would require that every … Continue reading

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From the CALDER Center: “Black-white gaps in the rigor of the initial college and major can be explained entirely by students’ own pre-entry academic preparation and a small number of high school and neighborhood characteristics.”

Here at Bridge to Tomorrow, we don’t shy away from either highly technical papers or explosive topics. Today, we have both. Here is the abstract from a recent working paper posted at the CALDER Center, “HOW HIGH SCHOOLS EXPLAIN STUDENTS’ INITIAL … Continue reading

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Education leaders in Florida and the nation react to middle and high school math results from PISA, TIMMS and NAEP

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2015 PISA: US near the bottom of the industrialized world in math, and Florida is well below average in the nation. So…

The United States now ranks 31st among 35 industrialized nations tested on the math section of PISA, the OECD test of 15-year-olds.  The 2015 PISA results were released this morning. Florida’s 8th graders scored far below the national average on … Continue reading

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How hard should a STEM education advocate push? Knowing when to back off isn’t easy.

When I gave the FSU Physics Department’s colloquium talk on October 6, I probably became the only speaker ever to end a talk in the department by quoting a prayer.  My last power point slide quoted Reinhold Niebuhr’s serenity prayer: … Continue reading

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High school and early college: Are 11th and 12th grades wasted years?

Jeff Solochek’s article on Dayspring Academy’s dual enrollment arrangement with Pasco-Hernando State College in yesterday’s Tampa Bay Times made me reflect again on how 11th and 12th grade fit into the education of Florida’s kids.  As Jeff said in his article, Dayspring founder … Continue reading

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