Archives for February 2009

Florida Legislators: "Teach Critical Thinking in Science, but Just the Facts, Man in History"

Can you insist on critical thinking in one content area, and then demand that another be taught only as a factual pursuit? Well, that’s what some legislators in the Florida Senate believe. A bill was introduced on February 27, 2009 into the Florida Senate relating to educational instruction. It is a comprehensive bill that will […]

Florida Legislators: “Teach Critical Thinking in Science, but Just the Facts, Man in History”

Can you insist on critical thinking in one content area, and then demand that another be taught only as a factual pursuit? Well, that’s what some legislators in the Florida Senate believe. A bill was introduced on February 27, 2009 into the Florida Senate relating to educational instruction. It is a comprehensive bill that will […]

If You Teach Evolution, You May Be Required to Teach It Critically!

Legislators in several states believe that laws need to be passed to ensure that students are engaged in critical thinking activities. However, the legislators have limited their own thinking, and have selected specific scientific theories that should be examined critically, one of course, is evolution. Around the country, this trend is on the move. Here […]

Volcano in Your Backyard

Volcanoes have received a bad rap recently, especially if the US Geological Survey is to receive “stimulus” funding to monitor and investigate volcanoes. According to the Governor of Louisiana funding “something called ‘volcano monitoring’ is an example of questionable funding in the appropriation bill. But the mayor of Vancouver, Washington begs to differ, and points […]

NSF to Receive $3 Billion in Recovery Funds

Although mentioned on this site in my earlier discussions of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, the National Science Foundation announced (on its site), that it will receive $3 Billion in Recovery Funds.  The announcement was made by Arden L. Bement, Jr., the Director of NSF.  According to the announcement, the funds will: go directly […]

Education and the Economic Recovery Bill

Today I want to focus on how education will play a crucial role in the Economic Recovery & Reinvestment Bill, and will focus on education and schooling, as well as some comments about science education. Firstly, the amount of funds being directed into the education sector of the economy is enormous.  Depending upon which fact […]

Science & Education in the Economic Recovery & Reinvestment Bill: Some Details

Science education in general, and science teachers, in particular, have an important role in the Economic Recovery & Reinvestment Bill (ER&RB). According to the Committee on Appropriations, the ER&R Bill will target eight areas. As you scan the list, please note that science, technology & education are integral to the economic recovery. As you look […]

Science & Education in the Economic Recovery & Reinvestment Bill: Some Details

Science education in general, and science teachers, in particular, have an important role in the Economic Recovery & Reinvestment Bill (ER&RB). According to the Committee on Appropriations, the ER&R Bill will target eight areas. As you scan the list, please note that science, technology & education are integral to the economic recovery. As you look […]

Stimulating Innovation: The Key to Economic Recovery & Education Reform

The nation is about to embark on a path toward economic recovery and reinvestment in the future. I am confidant that we can do this. But to listen to some of the Governor’s these days, you would wonder what they are thinking, and why they are letting the citizens of their states down at the […]

Stimulating Innovation: The Key to Economic Recovery & Education Reform

The nation is about to embark on a path toward economic recovery and reinvestment in the future. I am confidant that we can do this. But to listen to some of the Governor’s these days, you would wonder what they are thinking, and why they are letting the citizens of their states down at the […]

Read Summary of the Economic Recovery and Reinvestment in Science

The Committee on Appropriations of the House of Representatives has just released a summary of the Economic Recovery and Reinvestment Act.  It will help you see how the funds are used accross all sectors, but for readers of this blog, you will be able to see how science will play a crucial role in the […]

Exploring Science & Technology & and Science Education in the Economic Recovery & Reinvestment Act

Exploring the landscape of the Economic Recovery & Reinvestment Act is an enormous task.  I know the Act was just signed by the President, but I am eager to find out the areas of recovery and reinvestment that pertain to science & technology and science education.  In the U.S. House of Representatives, there are 24 […]

Exploring Science & Technology & and Science Education in the Economic Recovery & Reinvestment Act

Exploring the landscape of the Economic Recovery & Reinvestment Act is an enormous task.  I know the Act was just signed by the President, but I am eager to find out the areas of recovery and reinvestment that pertain to science & technology and science education.  In the U.S. House of Representatives, there are 24 […]

Billions and Billions, Part 2: A Look at Education "Stimulus" Funding

In this weblog post, I am continuing the discussion started yesterday when I invoked Carl Sagan’s signature phrase, “Billions and Billions.”  Today I want to look at the budget that the U.S. Department of Education will have as part of the Economic Recovery and Reinvestment Act. Firstly, here is a graphic showing how the $115 […]

Billions and Billions, Part 2: A Look at Education “Stimulus” Funding

In this weblog post, I am continuing the discussion started yesterday when I invoked Carl Sagan’s signature phrase, “Billions and Billions.”  Today I want to look at the budget that the U.S. Department of Education will have as part of the Economic Recovery and Reinvestment Act. Firstly, here is a graphic showing how the $115 […]

Billions and Billions: From Galaxies to Dollars—Funding in Science

In the widely popular PBS program Cosmos, Carl Sagan approximated the numbers of planets, stars and galaxies in the Universe as “billions and billions”—his famous catch phrase.   Over the past several months, American’s have been reintroduced to the phrase “billions and billions,” but this time in the context of the economy, not astronomy.  The […]

The Grade, End-of-Course Test Gap

There were two opinion pieces in the editorial section of Sunday’s Atlanta Journal Constitution newspaper to shed light on an issue that surfaced as the result of a report released by the Governor’s Office of Student Achievement. The report (Governor’s Office of Student Achievement Releases Grading Alignment Study) was designed to find out what relationship […]

Stimulating Science

ScienceDebate2008 has been carefully monitoring, and indeed, encouraging participants in supporting the passage of the stimulus bill, which will be signed into law by President Obama in Colorado, on Tuesday. There are two broad strokes that have been taken to “stimulate” science and science education in the USA. The first was the presidential election result, […]

On the Darwin & Lincoln Birthdays

Today is the 200th anniversary of the birth of Charles Darwin and Abraham Lincoln.  Yes, these two important people were born on the same day in the same year, February 12, 1809.  One would go on to explain how humans evolved as part of nature, and the other would go on to help heal a […]

On the Darwin & Lincoln Birthdays

Today is the 200th anniversary of the birth of Charles Darwin and Abraham Lincoln.  Yes, these two important people were born on the same day in the same year, February 12, 1809.  One would go on to explain how humans evolved as part of nature, and the other would go on to help heal a […]

A Lesson on Darwin, Fossils and Other Stuff

I was invited by one of our grandsons’ teachers to visit her 7th grade life science class at Greenbrier Middle School, Evans, Georgia (about 15 miles west of Augusta). I had not taught a lesson for a group of 7th graders in a long time, so this was going to be a challenge. When I […]

Science and the Economic Recovery and Reinvestment Act

The US Senate is working on the Economic Recovery and Reinvestment bill, and as of today, it appears that it will be approved in the Senate, perhaps on Tuesday. However, Shawn Otto has been in contact with citizens that are members of the ScienceDebate2008. On Friday, February 6, he informed the membership that it looked […]

Notebooks in the Classroom: Darwin's Secret Notebooks

Science teachers have been having their students keep science notebooks and journals as a way to help students keep a record of their work, and as a place to reflect on their ideas.  For many teachers, the journal is one way to help students using writing as a vehicle to learn.  Professor Carolyn Keys has […]

Notebooks in the Classroom: Darwin’s Secret Notebooks

Science teachers have been having their students keep science notebooks and journals as a way to help students keep a record of their work, and as a place to reflect on their ideas.  For many teachers, the journal is one way to help students using writing as a vehicle to learn.  Professor Carolyn Keys has […]

What Would Darwin Say About Intelligent Design?

In this month’s Scientific American there is a very interesting article written by Glenn Branch & Eugenie C. Scott entitled The Latest Face of Creationism in the Classroom. There are three key ideas in the article, and they highlight the controversies that have surrounded the teaching of evolution in American public schools.  Here are the […]

Role Playing Darwin in the Classroom

A friend of mine, on Darwin’s birthday (February 12), would dress up in Victorian attire as a young Charles Darwin, enter his high school biology classroom, and announce that he was the “father of evolution.”   Then, he pulled out his iphone, and i-clicked through a series of pictures of the trip Darwin had taken […]