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February 19, 2009

Color Community Colleges Green

In another sign of the growing interest of renewable energy lessons in schools, community colleges—a destination for many high school graduates—are getting into the act. One example is Kalamazoo Valley Community College, in Michigan. The college's officials have announced a new program to...

February 17, 2009

A Forum on "STEM"

Researchers from around the country are coming to the National Science Foundation this week to discuss cutting-edge and otherwise innovative research on science, technology, mathematics, and engineering ("STEM") education topics. On Thursday, Feb. 19, educational psychologists, cognitive scientists...

February 17, 2009

Gender Bias and Science

At a time when many educators are looking for ways to encourage more students, and more girls in particular, to take an interest in science, a new study suggests gender bias in male and female views of their high school teachers' abilities could be setting back those efforts. The study finds that m...

February 10, 2009

An EPA Blog—for Kids

The Obama administration has pledged to make the federal government's work more transparent and to give the public more opportunities to make its opinion known on issues through technology and other means. Whether those campaign visions come to fruition remains to be seen. But the administration is...

February 09, 2009

In Search of "World Class" Math

Someone recently forwarded me this link to a citizens' organization that is apparently tracking the revision of state math standards in New Jersey. Many of its members' concerns, and their language, will seem familiar to anybody who's followed debates over K-12 math over the years, particularly in s...

February 06, 2009

The Business Lobby Takes a Beating

Since I write about math and science education, I spend a good amount of time reporting on topics where elected officials, influential advocacy groups, and big businesses seem to speak with one voice—agreeing, to a large extent, about middling U.S. performance on international tests, unfocused ...

February 05, 2009

Renewable-Powered Lessons--and Schools

I've received a lot of responses to a story I wrote this week about the growth of "green" lesson plans and curriculum in schools. Some of the reaction has come from schools that are drawing power from solar energy and crafting lessons about the power of the sun. One sun-powered display that I didn'...

February 04, 2009

Choose Math, Choose a Career

Taking math seriously, and learning to enjoy it, will probably make your life easier in high school. It will almost certainly help you get into college and increase your odds of succeeding once you get there. But what kinds of career options are out there for students with talent in math and a love...

February 03, 2009

Going Mobile

Sometimes an in-class lab is not enough. I recently received a notice about a bus that is being used in Chicago-area schools as a sort of mobile science classroom to teach students about clean-air and environmental issues. It's one of a number of mobile science labs I've heard of over the years. Th...

February 02, 2009

Reasoning Through Chinese, US Science Skills

There's a long-running debate about how the skills of U.S. students compare with those of their peers in nations like China. A recent study seeks to cut through the speculation with research from both nations' university systems. In an article published in the journal Science, a team of researchers...

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