Monthly Archives: November 2018

What should FSU do to give students in underrepresented groups a better chance to succeed in mathematically intensive majors?

My university’s leaders are genuinely concerned about the particular difficulties that women, black students and low-income students face in mathematically-intensive STEM programs and their rates of success. And they want to do something about those difficulties. If you (dear readers … Continue reading

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It’s time for high school counselors, teachers and parents to start thinking about courses their students will take in Fall 2019 – including math and science courses

What??  It’s already time to start thinking about courses that high school students will take in Fall 2019?? Yes, it is. In fact, counselors, teachers and parents should be thinking even farther ahead than that – all the way to … Continue reading

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Are Florida’s K-12 schools heading for another “Christian faith vs. science” confrontation? If so, everyone involved should be required to read about the Catholic priest who was the first to figure out there was a Big Bang.

Challenges to the teaching of the science of evolution and cosmology seem to be gaining momentum in Florida’s K-12 schools a decade after evolution made its first highly contested appearance in the state’s science standards. Now, as then, some opponents … Continue reading

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Florida is doing poorly in awarding bachelors’ degrees in science and engineering fields. Why? Because we’re doing a lousy job preparing high school students for college STEM majors.

If the rate at which Florida is awarding new bachelors’ degrees in science and engineering fields (which is shown in the plot above in orange) is good enough for your taste you can stop reading now. Otherwise, continue on. The … Continue reading

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Parents play a key role in preparing their high school students for college STEM majors. Is that message getting to Florida’s parents? Mostly not.

Florida’s parents need to know that the most financially secure bachelor’s degree-level careers are those that require a high level of education in mathematics and the physical sciences. Sixteen of the top 25 college majors ranked by salary involve engineering … Continue reading

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Florida’s SAT results are significant because Florida’s educational leaders refuse to make a commitment to secondary-level math achievement.

Florida’s educational leaders frequently brag about how well the state’s elementary school students achieve in reading and math, and how they do so despite the state’s demographic challenges. Those brags are justified, as shown by results from 4th grade results … Continue reading

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Apopka High School grad Cody Smith returns to teach physics after improving instruction in FSU’s Studio Physics Program

This fall, Apopka High School grad Cody Smith returned to his home high school to teach the subject he loves after earning a bachelor’s degree in physics with honors at FSU in just three years. Despite the speed with which … Continue reading

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