Archive for May 11th, 2011

What’s going on?

Wednesday, May 11th, 2011

I wanted to do a quick search around the Internet in relation to my previous post about a very weak florida science education plan. Is it possible we’re just missing something? I was surprised to discover that the old Office of Mathematics & Science website no longer exists. It was http://www.fldoestem.org. The new page is just part of the Bureau of Curriculum and Instruction site at http://www.fldoe.org/bii/oms.asp, and this new page lacks all of the tons of information that was at the old site. Another interesting thing to note is at the top of this page it says:

Position Vacant
Director
325 West Gaines Street, Suite 432
Tallahassee, Florida 32399-0400

What’s going on up there in Tallahassee?

Florida Science Ed Plan is weak

Wednesday, May 11th, 2011

The Florida Department of Education has produced “Florida’s K-12 Science Education Plan” (pdf). Paul Cottle has taken a look at it and writes at his Bridge to Tomorrow blog that it leaves a lot to be desired.

The plan, which is decidedly not ambitious, demonstrates clearly that Florida is not yet dedicated to increasing student achievement in science – it just isn’t a priority.

Paul then offers his own version of a plan.