Monthly Archives: March 2017

Math, science and computing – it better not be either/or. (A story on public radio where I get shown up by a 6th grader, and more)

I knew I was in trouble when I started to listen to Rowan Moore Gerety’s story on WLRN (Miami’s NPR affiliate) about bills in the Florida Legislature to replace state university admission requirements in math, science or even foreign language … Continue reading

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To really learn how to attract strong students to K-12 teaching, visit my classroom and listen to my students

If Representative Manny Diaz, the Florida Legislature’s leading advocate for the controversial Best and Brightest teacher bonus program, really wants to learn what it would take to attract more strong students to K-12 teaching, he should visit my classroom and … Continue reading

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How a bachelor’s degree grad in physics can become a high school teacher: The Jacksonville Teacher Residency Program

During the weeks ahead, I will be posting ways in which graduates from university physics departments or other science or engineering departments can become teachers in our middle and high schools.   This first post was written by Connor Oswald, … Continue reading

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Florida Legislators trying to boost high school computer science enrollment by sacrificing other important disciplines are missing the whole point

Florida’s legislators are desperately looking for some subject they can sacrifice to boost the ranks of high school students who are bound for careers in computer science. Last year and for most of the present session, it was foreign languages. … Continue reading

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High schools from Leon, Okaloosa and Walton Counties lead Northwest Florida in STEM career preparation

Leon County’s Chiles High School and Okaloosa County’s Niceville High School lead Northwest Florida in preparing college-bound students for college majors in STEM fields, according to an index of enrollment rates in chemistry, physics, precalculus and calculus calculated using course … Continue reading

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Lara Perez-Felkner to speak on “Expanding the Net: Secondary through Postsecondary Pathways to Physics Careers” at March 30 Physics Colloquium

FSU Assistant Professor of Higher Education and Sociology Lara Perez-Felkner will be giving next week’s Physics Colloquium talk titled, “Expanding the Net: Secondary through Postsecondary Pathways to Physics Careers”.  The talk will start at 3:45 pm next Thursday, March 30, … Continue reading

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Here’s what to tell parents about post-bachelor’s degree salaries (an encore performance of Georgetown CEW’s 2015 report)

In class this week, a biochemistry major shared that she felt badly that as a bachelor’s degree grad she could not make as much as her brother, who is graduating with a bachelor’s degree in communication.  To inject some facts … Continue reading

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In Florida Senate, Fewer/Better/Neither testing bill seems to eclipse Montford’s competing reform bill

Tuesday’s meeting of the Senate Education Committee meeting featured a testing policy duel between a bill (SB 926) pushed by the Foundation for Excellence in Education that promises fewer and better tests – but actually delivers neither – and a … Continue reading

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Replace Best and Brightest with a grant program: Let Florida’s school districts be laboratories for innovation

Florida’s Best and Brightest teacher bonus program is intended to be a way to achieve statewide policy objectives – including implementing performance-based compensation of educators and recruiting more talented individuals into teaching – while circumventing the district-level collective bargaining process. … Continue reading

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Message to the Downtown Panama City Rotary Club at today’s meeting: Considerable progress in Bay County high schools, more work to do

A few of the slides from my talk to the Downtown Panama City Rotary Club today can be found below.  At the very bottom is a picture of the attendees learning some atomic physics – I was using plasma discharge … Continue reading

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