Author Archives: Paul Cottle

If you’ve wondered what we do during the Nuclear Medicine and Science Summer Camp at FSU’s Panama City campus, here is your chance to find out.

If you’re one of my regular readers, you know about the Nuclear Medicine and Science Camp (NMSC) for middle and high school students held during the last two summers at FSU’s Panama City campus. Thanks to FSU-PC’s STEM Institute, you … Continue reading

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Last Thursday, I spent an extraordinary few hours with the people who brought FSU’s Panama City campus back after Hurricane Michael. Being recognized by these people for my work in Bay County was deeply humbling.

Last Thursday, I attended a remarkable event at FSU’s Panama City campus – the celebration lunch that is part of the campus’s annual beginning-of-the-year symposium at which all of the faculty and staff come together for retreats and reflection. Even … Continue reading

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The Florida Legislature should put 1 billion new dollars into the salaries of public school teachers.

Let’s start with the math: Florida has about 200,000 instructional personnel in its public schools. If you give them raises that average $5,000 per employee, that is $1 billion. Now let’s go back to the beginning: Teachers are the most … Continue reading

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Dumbing down Florida’s high schools

If Florida’s Education Commissioner gives his imprimatur to a law passed by the legislature and signed by Governor DeSantis last spring, the state’s high school students will no longer have to take and pass a geometry course to graduate. Instead, … Continue reading

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Physics education researchers suggest that performance differences between different demographic groups in calculus-based introductory college physics courses reflect gaps in pre-college preparation.

A paper published last month in Physical Review Physics Education Research suggests that all differences in student performance between demographic groups in introductory calculus-based physics classes can be explained by differences in pre-college preparation. Introductory calculus-based college physics provides an … Continue reading

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Is it time to create an AP Physics Principles course?

Perhaps it’s time for those of us who are worried about the decline of high school physics in Florida to learn something from the success of the AP Computer Science Principles course. AP Computer Science Principles was taught for the … Continue reading

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Thank you, Teacher Voice Ryan Haczynski, for reminding me that I have the privilege of working with terrific students and educators

After I published two blog posts about the poor job that Florida is doing preparing high school students for college STEM majors – and that were really pessimistic bummers – Ryan Haczynski (author of the Teacher Voice blog who tweets … Continue reading

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