Monthly Archives: December 2018

Bachelors’ degrees in engineering, computer science and physics are among the surest routes to economic security in America and more Florida students should have access to them: What I’ll be doing in 2019.

Bachelors’ degrees in engineering, computer science and physics are among the surest routes to economic security in 2019 America. Unfortunately, the State of Florida does a poor job preparing its high school students for college majors in those fields. Florida … Continue reading

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2018: A visual guide to math and science education in Florida’s middle and high schools

The sciences that form the foundation for engineering, meteorology and similar disciplines continued to decline in Florida’s public high schools during the 2017-18 school year.  Physics enrollments declined 8% over three years, while chemistry enrollments declined 9% in just two … Continue reading

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Rebuilding the teaching profession in Florida is the K-12 issue that matters most. Will the 2019 session of the Florida Legislature address that?

The education transition team appointed by Florida’s Governor-elect Ron DeSantis met for the first time this past Thursday and discussed (according to Jeff Solochek of the Tampa Bay Times) choice, accountability, personalization and metrics. None of that stuff will matter if … Continue reading

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For nearly everybody, earning a bachelor’s degree in a STEM field is hard. So what should STEM in the K-12 schools look like?

For almost everybody, earning a bachelor’s degree in engineering is hard.  So is earning a bachelor’s degree in physics or computer science or chemistry or biology or math or statistics.  Just to be clear:  Students can become really good professional … Continue reading

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Florida’s science and engineering workforce lags behind the nation

Florida’s science and engineering workforce is smaller than those of most states when measured as a percentage of the state’s total workforce, according to the National Science Foundation. Of all those employed in Florida in 2017, 3.49% were employed in … Continue reading

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USF to hold “STEM Engaged Teaching” workshop featuring Nobel Laureate Carl Wieman

The University of South Florida will hold a workshop on February 15 to promote the improvement of college-level science teaching.  The workshop will feature Physics Nobel Laureate and college science teaching reform advocate Carl Wieman. The workshop will begin at … Continue reading

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How to fix Florida’s teacher certification system: Let the state decide whether a candidate knows the subject, but let the districts decide whether a candidate can teach. And get rid of the General Knowledge Exam.

As teacher shortages continue in the Florida, it makes sense to reevaluate and perhaps revise the state’s process for certifying teachers.  It’s worth seriously considering a significant restructuring of the process. According to the Florida Department of Education (FLDOE), to … Continue reading

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