Monthly Archives: May 2018

In Northwest Florida, socioeconomics do not determine the rates at which students in large high schools take physics, chemistry and calculus. Adults do.

If socioeconomics determined the rates at which high school students take physics, chemistry and calculus, then the plots shown below of enrollments rates for those subjects vs. free and reduced-price lunch eligibility rate would show clear correlations.  The plots don’t … Continue reading

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Three reflections on the evolution education scuffle in Collier County

Science textbooks unanimously adopted by the Collier County School Board are being challenged by the Florida Citizens Alliance (FLCA), a statewide organization led by retired IBM executive Keith Flaugh and Rick Stevens, Pastor of the Diplomat Wesleyan Church in Cape Coral, because … Continue reading

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Florida’s 2011 Student Success Act: How did this failed experiment affect students’ lives?

In 2011, the Florida Legislature and Governor Scott implemented a statewide experiment by changing the conditions under which teachers are employed by school districts. The highest profile provision in the legislation, which was titled the “Student Success Act”, was the … Continue reading

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Florida’s university physics departments should prepare for a future of increasingly unprepared students

Florida’s university physics departments are responsible for providing students majoring in engineering, sciences, computing and health professions with the scientific background that educational leaders in those fields have decided their students need. In turn, university physics faculty have relied on … Continue reading

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Calculus enrollment rates in Florida’s school districts and socioeconomic status: Decisions that school and district leaders make are crucial in determining access and enrollment

The data are taken from the Florida Department of Education web site.  The department does not compile dual enrollment credits, so dual enrollment is not included here.

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Chemistry enrollment rates in Florida’s school districts and socioeconomic status: a summary

It was only recently that Orange County Public Schools Secondary Science Senior Administrator Rebecca Ray pointed out to me that chemistry enrollments are in decline.  I’d been so fixated on physics that I was surprised to learn that in Florida … Continue reading

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High school physics enrollment rates and socioeconomic status in Florida’s school districts: The correlation is weak.

The physics enrollment data are taken from the course enrollment spreadsheets for Fall 2017 available on the FLDOE web site.  The free and reduced-price lunch eligibility rates are available on the same web page, but I have attached that spreadsheet … Continue reading

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