Monthly Archives: August 2018

Meteorology is a field in which passion is important. But so are math and science. High school students interested in meteorology should take chemistry, physics and lots of math.

Many meteorologists became passionately hooked on their field when they were very young – as young as three years old, according to a piece in the Washington Post written by Samantha Durbin, who holds a master’s degree in meteorology and is presently … Continue reading

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Can a world-class scholar be an effective college teacher? A response to Adam Grant’s NYT op-ed.

Adam Grant’s New York Times op-ed titled “Those Who Can Do, Can’t Teach” is built on three fatally flawed premises. The first is the assumption that all teaching can and should be done using the traditional (and, at least in … Continue reading

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Comparing religious K-12 schools in Florida’s state scholarship programs to religion-affiliated colleges and universities: A response to SUFS’s Scott Kent

Step Up For Students Strategic Communications Manager Scott Kent argued in a post on the organization’s redefinED blog that many critics of Florida’s state scholarship programs for private K-12 schools use a church-state separation argument against these programs while being … Continue reading

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Jones High School (Orlando) graduate Sylvester James “Jim” Gates elected to American Physical Society Presidential Line

Jones High School (Orlando) graduate and National Medal of Science winner Sylvester James “Jim” Gates has been elected to the American Physical Society’s Presidential Line.  Members of the society’s Presidential Line rotate through four offices in four years.  Gates will … Continue reading

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Why scientists and mathematicians should invest effort in reaching out to middle school students

Last week, I told a group of nuclear physics colleagues that reaching out to middle school students would be a good investment of our effort.  Why?  Because we need to reach these students before they arrive in high school, where … Continue reading

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Attracting talented young people to teaching careers: Instead of spitballing, Florida SBOE members should propose reactivating the Florida Critical Teacher Shortage Program

According to Tampa Bay Times reporter Jeff Solochek, much of this past week’s State Board of Education meeting concerned Florida’s teacher shortage, which is growing,  according to the Florida Education Association’s Cathy Boehme. Jeff reported that SBOE chair Marva Johnson was particularly … Continue reading

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In high school physics classrooms, modern lab equipment demonstrates commitment by school and district leadership to improving STEM readiness

To have the best chance to succeed, high school students in a tough physics course like AP Physics 1 that demands a hands-on pedagogy must have access to modern lab equipment like the Vernier equipment recommended by the National Math … Continue reading

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High school physics teachers: What are you doing to boost physics enrollments? Are you expanding or restarting Honors Physics? Recruiting students from Honors Physics for AP Physics 1?

It appears that AP Physics 1 did not quite work out the way we hoped it would.  It’s a fine course, but enrollments in Florida public high schools have plateaued at about 7,500 per year and passing rates are stuck … Continue reading

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Is Florida doing STEM yet? CareerSource Florida says “yes!” I’m not so sure.

In a Naples Daily News op-ed, CareerSource Florida President and CEO Michelle Dennard talked about the strategies that our state is adopting to address the “talent gap” that occurs in many STEM fields and the national recognition the state is receiving for … Continue reading

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As the new school year begins, where are Florida’s bright spots for STEM career preparation?

It would be easy for me to dwell on Florida’s declining interest in the high school science necessary to prepare for college majors in fields like engineering, chemistry, meteorology, computer science and physics and even health professions. Enrollments in high … Continue reading

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