Archives for April 2006

Cultures of Learning

In the last post, I made reference to the concept of “culture of learning,” in my discussion of the drop-out problem in America’s high schools. (note: America is not the only nation that has a poor track record of graduating students from secondary schools—its exists in many parts of the world.) Culture of learning has […]

Dropping Out of High School is the Thing to Do

Or at least, that seems to be the situation in American high schools. According to statistics compiled by The Gates Foundation, and reported on their website Stand Up, one-third of public high school students will not graduate. You can investigate the statistics for your own state, and even get statistics on any public school in […]

1906 San Francsico Earthquake Centennial

Today marks the 100th anniversary of the 1906 San Francisco earthquake which hit the city at 5.12 a.m. on that day. In an earlier post, I commented on the significance of the 1906 earthquake, and recommended a book by Simon Winchester, A Crack in the Edge of the World: America and the Great California Earthquake […]

More on Reform in Science Education

In the last post, I called into question a recent editorial in the leading research journal in science education (Journal of Research in Science Teaching). The recommendations suggested were made more than 2 decades ago in a report that I sited (A Nation at Risk), and more recently, the AAAS published Science for All Americans. […]

Reform in Science Education? A Return to the Past

In the most recent issue of the Journal of Research in Science Teaching appeared an editorial entitled: Preparing the 21st Century Workforce: A New Reform in Science and Technology Education . After reading it, I thought I was teleported back to 1983 when I read the report A Nation at Risk: The Imperative for Educational […]