Author Archives: Paul Cottle

Dual enrollment, early college, and the engineering and physics pipelines: A map of the eight years from 9th grade to bachelor’s degree

As a state, Florida is doing a lousy job of preparing students for bachelor’s degree programs in engineering, physics and other high-income STEM fields. Students in Florida’s public high schools take physics at a rate only about half that of … Continue reading

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Dual Enrollment vs. Advanced Placement: Which college credit option is attracting more students in Florida’s public high schools?

While dual enrollment has proven to be a popular option for Florida’s college-bound high school students who want to satisfy their college freshman English requirements before graduating from high school, few high school students are using the dual enrollment route … Continue reading

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The Florida College System’s dual enrollment program: Which college courses do high school students most often sign up for?

More than 25,000 Florida high school students took a first-semester college Freshman English course at Florida College System (FCS) institutions during the 2017-18 academic year via the system’s dual enrollment program, according to data supplied by the Florida Department of … Continue reading

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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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