Monthly Archives: June 2015

The conversation about science has started but will it continue?

I encourage you to see for yourself what Mr. Padget and Ms. Stewart had to say about science scores (see my previous post on this). The video from the meeting is available here. Mr. Padget’s comments on science start at … Continue reading

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Wow. Someone noticed.

I’m genuinely amazed. Someone with some authority took notice of statewide science scores. But will that translate into action? Orlando Sentinel School Zone blog: State board member worries about declining science scores “These are not new tests. They are tests … Continue reading

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Textbook trouble: history and sex ed

The Lee County school board will hear from concerned citizens this week about the content of history textbooks under consideration for adoption. Board documents show nine objections have been filed for a sixth-grade world history text published by Pearson. Among … Continue reading

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Blast from Hillsborough’s past

In the early 1980s Florida’s own Hillsborough County School Board had voted to mandate the balancing of evolution with scientific creationism. The curriculum was written, approved and ready to go for classroom use when, just a few weeks before implementation, … Continue reading

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Spread the word. No one else will.

Florida Citizens for Science president Jonathan Smith’s letter to the editor in the Lakeland Ledger discusses students’ poor performance on statewide science assessments. “These results haven’t improved since the state science standards were vastly upgraded in 2008; however, they will … Continue reading

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Statewide science scores … anyone out there actually care?

Another year, another dismal performance on statewide science assessments here in Florida. Depending on grade level, students either took the science FCAT or Biology End of Course exam. Here’s the results compared to previous years’: Biology End of Course State … Continue reading

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Upcoming events

Filthy Dreamers The documentary film Filthy Dreamers will be screened this Sunday at the First Unitarian Church of Orlando (1901 E. Robinson Street, Orlando, FL) at 9:30 a.m. at the Library of Gore Hall. Who should control what is taught … Continue reading

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