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July 15, 2008

Miles to Go....

A couple years ago, a bunch of leading business organizations set an ambitious goal: "Double the number of U.S. science, technology, engineering, and mathematics graduates with bachelor's degrees by 2015." But as those leaders frankly acknowledged this week, the nation has barely moved toward hitti...

July 08, 2008

Are High-Stakes in Math and Reading Hurting Science?

Since the passage of the No Child Left Behind Act, science education advocates have worried that the law's emphasis on reading and math has resulted in their favorite subject getting pushed out of the curriculum—presumably, with students learning less about it. A study released today, however,...

July 03, 2008

Summer Reading: Overcoming Fear and Loathing in Math

Teachers, parents, and researchers will probably be interested in a new book that focuses on why so many students seem to dislike math and what can be done about it. At the very least, I give it points for its catchy title. What's Math Got to Do With It? Helping Children Learn to Love Their Favorit...

July 02, 2008

Louisiana Governor Signs Evolution Bill

Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal has quietly signed into law Senate Bill 733, which allows local education agencies to use supplemental classroom materials that will help students "analyze, critique, and review" scientific theories, including evolution. The governor's action was described in a list of 7...

July 01, 2008

"STEM" in Harlem

Teachers College, Columbia University, is launching an effort to improve instruction in math- and science-related subjects in its backyard, with the help of a corporate gift. The GE Foundation has given Teachers College $5 million to boost teacher training and classroom work that is tied to relevan...

June 25, 2008

Preparing Elementary Math Teachers -- Or Not

A new report strongly criticizes the way in which teacher colleges, and by extension, states, are preparing aspiring educators to teach math. Count on it receiving a good amount of attention, given all the worries these days about American students lacking sound skills in that subject. Published by...

June 25, 2008

The Conference Circuit

As I've written previously, science teachers are eager to find information on how to present sensible and accurate information about climate change, whatever their personal views on the issue. Yet many have found that those resources are hard to come by. State standards generally don't mention the t...

June 16, 2008

Mapping Out the Math

A new Web site takes a stab at spelling out the essential grade-by-grade math standards that students need from kindergarten through high school. Not only that, the site provides model course sequences, model classroom activities, and even sample test questions for math-oriented educators who want ...

June 11, 2008

Navigating through Math

A couple years ago, I took a trip to Canton, Ohio, home to the illustrious Pro Football Hall of Fame, and home to a group of schools that were using classroom technology in an attempt to boost student performance in math. Teachers in several Canton schools had set up a system called TI-Navigator, i...

June 09, 2008

Warming Up to Climate Change

Florida’s new state science standards break new ground by including their first-ever reference to a major scientific topic. And no, in this case I’m not talking about evolution, which got all the attention when the standards were approved back in February. The 96-page document, in addition to ...

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