Archives for August 2008

Hurricane Gustav

Yesterday, my wife and I attended the annual art in the park festival (Marietta Square)in which more than a 100 artists presented their work.  It was crowded with people of all ages strolling through the park and bordering streets, looking at the art, and occassionally buying a piece.  One of the artists that we were […]

Should High-Stakes (Science) Tests Be Eliminated?

There is very little criticism in the science education literature about the science standards, and the use of high-stakes tests.  An issue I raise here is should the use of high-stakes tests not only in science, but other content areas be continued? I am being motivated to discuss this issue, as I did the decentralization […]

Decentralizing Education: Views from the Field

This week and next, the two major political parties are meeting in Denver and Minneapolis, respectively, to not only nominate their Presidental and VP candidate, but to agree upon a political platform outlining beliefs and actions they will take during the next segment of time.  At the American Presidency Project, you can read the platforms […]

Time to Teach Evolution?

I’ve written several posts over the past several years about the teaching of and opposition to teaching evolution.  Right now, there is evidence that the resistance to teach evolution is fading, although, if history is helpful, this lack of resistance will not last very long. In the article cited below there is a very interesting […]

Beijing Air

Earlier this year, there were concerns that air pollution in Beijing would be a serious threat to athletes participating in outdoor events, especially running, and cycling. In fact I wrote several posts in the Spring that highlighted this issue that you read, and find out what were the concerns. China’s Olympic committee indicated that a […]

A Memory of Teaching Science in Georgia and Russia

First, let me say that the Georgia I am referring to in the title is not the state of Georgia, in the USA, but the Republic of Georgia. The conflict that is ongoing between Russia and Georgia is not only frustrating, but filled with sadness for myself, and many of my colleagues who participated in […]

2nd Edition of The Art of Teaching Science Published

Today, I received a copy of the 2nd Edition of The Art of Teaching Science.  Mike Dias and I worked for the last year and a half on the revision, and we were very happy to receive a copy of the book.     The 2nd Edition of The Art of Teaching Science was organized […]

Mousetraps and Science Teaching: A Follow-up to Only a Theory

In Kenneth Miller’s book, Only a Theory, he talks about the fundamental concept underlying “intelligent design” and goes on to show how the fundamental concept is wrong, and not supported in biological research.  The fundamental idea is that there are some aspects of nature that that are just too complex to have “evolved” to their […]

Only a Theory

In his new book Only a Theory, Kenneth Miller, Professor of Biology at Brown University, and author of a number of books, including one on high school biology, explores the issues surrounding the teaching of evolution in American schools.  He begins his book in the following way: “In a courtroom even a whisper can catch […]

Kill Switch

In an earlier post I discussed Jonathan Zittrain’s concept of tethered, non-generative internet-based devices vs generative devices in his book The Future of the Internet and How to Stop It.  Zittrain was concerned that tethered devices, such as Apple’s iPhone (I have one) would result in more control by corporations over users of these devices, […]

iTunes U, Digital Media, & Teaching

Apple announced that iTunes supports iTunes U (iTunes University), which offers free audio and video content from universities, museums, public organizations, and other cultural institutions. This treasure trove of digital content, which can be accessed from a link on the iTunes store includes more than a dozen categories of content (engineering, health & medicine, history, […]

iTunes U, Digital Media, & Teaching

Apple announced that iTunes supports iTunes U (iTunes University), which offers free audio and video content from universities, museums, public organizations, and other cultural institutions. This treasure trove of digital content, which can be accessed from a link on the iTunes store includes more than a dozen categories of content (engineering, health & medicine, history, […]