Author Archives: Paul Cottle

Want to encourage more Florida high school students to study computing? Then allow AP Computer Science Principles to substitute for Biology 1.

It’s Groundhog Day in the Florida Legislature for those trying to use the state’s statutes to nudge more high school students into taking courses in computing.  Legislators have once again filed bills to allow high school computing courses to substitute … Continue reading

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“Give Florida students national tests for better comparison” – my op-ed in this morning’s Orlando Sentinel (and the graphs my readers want!)

This morning, the Sentinel published my opinion piece on replacing Florida’s high school standardized tests in English Language Arts, math and science (er, biology) with the ACT. Of course, my regular readers (maybe five now??) want graphs of the rankings described in … Continue reading

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Why is STEM such a tough sell in Florida? In part because there aren’t many STEM professionals in Florida.

Source here.

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Which teaching future will FSU’s Physics faculty choose? We’ll discuss during next week’s Physics Colloquium

Update (Saturday evening, September 9):  No, we will not discuss the future of FSU’s introductory physics classes next week.  The university will remain closed all week because of Hurricane Irma and the expected power outages. The two pictures above illustrate the choices … Continue reading

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I challenge each Florida legislator to acknowledge that the state is facing a crisis in recruiting talented individuals into high school math and science teaching careers.

I challenge each Florida legislator to acknowledge that the state is facing a crisis in recruiting talented individuals into high school math and science teaching careers. I also challenge each of them to propose a way of effectively addressing this … Continue reading

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FSU Physics Ph.D. grad and Florida High teacher Matt Martens schools Education Secretary on science

During a visit to the Florida State University Schools (FSUS) last Tuesday, US Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos had an opportunity to learn a bit of physics and how students best learn science from FSU Physics Ph.D. graduate Matt Martens, … Continue reading

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Incentives might help reverse the decline in the supply of new Math 6-12 teachers in Florida – a Tallahassee Democrat op-ed

The Tallahassee Democrat carried my op-ed on using financial incentives to reverse Florida’s sharp decline in the supply of new Math 6-12 teachers.  It cites the recent report from the American Physical Society on the recruiting of teachers in math, physical sciences … Continue reading

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