Monthly Archives: May 2017

Life on the Taxwatch Turkey List: FSU’s STEM Teaching Lab project awaits Governor Scott’s decision

Update, June 3:  Governor Scott vetoed FSU’s STEM Teaching Lab project yesterday, along with $400 million worth of other projects.   After each annual session of the Florida Legislature, Florida Taxwatch issues a list of budget line items that the … Continue reading

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Would HB 7069 improve the recruiting and retention of teachers? Here’s something in the bill that might help: Dropping the VAM requirement.

There is a dizzying amount of stuff in HB 7069, the controversial education policy bill that will soon be on Governor Scott’s desk.  So a harried teacher, parent or school board member can be forgiven for missing the bit of … Continue reading

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The challenges facing educators in the North Florida’s poorest counties: Slate and USA Today report on Gadsden and Jefferson Counties

Every North Florida educator at every level should read Slate’s piece titled “The New Diploma Mills”, which nominally focuses on the shortcomings of online credit recovery courses that are used to boost high school graduation rates.  Author Zoe Kirch argues that these … Continue reading

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We didn’t need the electrodes on students’ skulls to know that they learn through social interactions: A Tallahassee Democrat op-ed on neuroscience research

The Democrat published my op-ed on how students learn science.  The op-ed described how students learn both from the perspective of our own experience in the FSU Studio Physics Program and from the perspective of the NYU and UF researchers who recorded … Continue reading

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Teachers are paramount in improving learning. So giving more students access to strong teachers should be the central theme of any proposal to improve K-12 education.

In the Summer 2011 issue of Education Next, Stanford’s Eric Hanushek said this:  “The quality of the teachers in our schools is paramount: no other measured aspect of schools is nearly as important in determining student achievement.” If you accept this … Continue reading

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NYU and UF researchers invent new techniques to “discover” that “our brains are designed to learn through complex social interactions”. Fortunately for our students, we already knew that.

A group of researchers led by neuroscientists and engineers from New York University and the University of Florida recently announced the results of a study of how high school students learn science best. In this study, electrodes were attached to … Continue reading

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FSU Physics visits Florida’s Capitol on FSU Day at the Capitol

Once during each legislative session, FSU brings a large delegation of faculty, students and staff to the Capitol to show off, as the university should.  This year, FSU Day at the Capitol was April 4. An FSU photographer followed President … Continue reading

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