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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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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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