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Do Florida’s tax credit scholarship schools have confidence in their own teachers?

The Orlando Sentinel’s series on Florida’s private school scholarship programs addressed a broad range of issues, including facility safety, financial fraud and even child abuse. But I keep coming back to this paragraph about how students are taught from the first installment … Continue reading

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Orlando Sentinel journalists have shown that reform in the Tax Credit Scholarship Program is desperately needed. How should new oversight be provided?

A team of journalists from the Orlando Sentinel demonstrated this week beyond any doubt whatsoever that dramatic reform in Florida’s Tax Credit Scholarship Program is desperately needed, and that it should be implemented quickly, before any more students in the … Continue reading

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My message to FSU’s Catholic Student Union last night: Our Catholic leaders embrace modern science.

I visited with about 200 students and spiritual leaders at FSU’s Catholic Student Union last night to discuss life as a Catholic scientist.  I opened by professing the Apostles Creed, with an emphasis on the word creator.  The rest of my … Continue reading

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“Preparing Postsecondary Students for Success”? The Education Committee of the Florida Senate will let us know what they mean next week.

My blog posts and tweets generally get more attention than they deserve, but not enough to make a difference. So when a friend pointed out this morning while I was in class that next week’s meeting of the Education Committee … Continue reading

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The FSU Physics Department is doing a darn good job. But what do policy-makers want from us?

A report released this week by the American Institute of Physics revealed that in the 2015-16 academic year, FSU’s Physics Department was number one in the southeast for Physics Ph.D. production, and was in the top ten nationally. Another report … Continue reading

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Is the understanding of basic science concepts important for engineers and applied scientists?

This video about the simple problem of lighting a light bulb with a wire and battery from Philip Sadler at Harvard is thought-provoking.  Do students in engineering and applied science need to learn basic science concepts?

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American Physical Society Fellow Susan Blessing to speak at Bay County Future Physicists of Florida induction ceremony

Florida State University Physics Professor Susan Blessing, who was recently elected to be a Fellow of the American Physical Society, will be the scientific keynote speaker at this fall’s induction ceremony for the Dr. James T. and Jana L. Cook Future … Continue reading

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