Monthly Archives: April 2012

Missed Opportunities

I know that things move a little slower in the South, particularly in our own state and I’m sure that’s all well and good if you’re cutting grass or picking oranges. However, when it come to making decisions in planning … Continue reading

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Florida is not at the party

So, a little more than half the country (26 states) are at the party, so to speak, doing the exciting work of preparing a set of Next Generation Science Standards. Experts are taking their time and crafting an exemplary guide … Continue reading

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Dueling letters

There’s been an interesting series of letters in the Naples Daily News these past few weeks about evolution and creationism. It started with Dr. Malnak’s letter April 11 in which he promotes evolution and dismisses creationism. Mr. Dudley then attacks … Continue reading

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Can the science FCAT be defended?

The Tampa Bay Times education blog, The Gradebook, published an e-mail exchange that was sparked by Robert Krampf’s (the Happy Scientist) critique of the science FCAT. The Department of Education tries to defend the test and not very well, I … Continue reading

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When right is actually wrong on the science FCAT

Florida’s own “the Happy Scientist” Robert Krampf notes some serious problems with the science FCAT. For examples: Sample Item 2 for SC.5.N.1.6 (page 32), which assesses the following benchmark. SC.5.N.1.6: Recognize and explain the difference between personal opinion/interpretation and verified … Continue reading

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Op-ed in Gainesville Sun

My op-ed about Florida’s science standards was printed in the Gainesville Sun! Brandon Haught: Florida needs ‘Next Generation” science education standards The Palm Beach Post responded to me, saying that my article was too complicated and readers might not understand … Continue reading

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We need a better road map to science education success

The following is a news release/opinion piece approved by the Florida Citizens for Science board and submitted to newspapers across the state for their publishing consideration. We need a better road map to science education success Florida students have a … Continue reading

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The United Methodist Church and Creationism

The United Methodist Church’s Quadrennial Conference will be in Tampa this month. One topic up for discussion: creationism. Will the Church’s current science friendly stance be reversed? A resolution has been introduced to remove the word evolution from the Book … Continue reading

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