Archives for March 2010

Blue Print for Education Sent to Congress

The U.S. Department of Education has released and sent to Congress the document entitled A Blueprint for Reform: The Reauthorization of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act.  You can read the Education Week article that focuses on key points in the Reauthorization. The 45 page Blueprint is organized into the following sections: Priorities in a […]

Dear Mr. President: Take the Risk, and Try and Humanize Teaching and Learning

Tomorrow, President Obama will send his education blue print to Congress, which, according to the New York Times article, “strikes a careful balance, retaining some key features of the Bush-era law, including its requirement for annual reading and math tests, while proposing far-reaching changes.” The blue print is really no different than what was put […]

Using Fear to Attack Teachers and Hold Schools Hostage

This week’s Newsweek magazine included three lead articles entitled Why we can’t get rid of failing teachers?, Schoolyard Brawl, and Blackboard Jungle. The next day, Teacher Magazine featured an online discussion related to these articles entitled Is Firing Bad Teachers the Answer? The discussion on the Teacher Magazine website encouraged readers to share their opinions […]

March 11 Chile Earthquakes

Several earthquakes occurred in Chile today (March 11), and according to the U.S. Geological Survey, the quakes were “aftershocks” associated with the 8.8 Chile earthquake of February 27.  According to the USGS analysis, the earthquakes occurred in the region of aftershocks of the major earthquake.  Here is the USGS early analysis of today’s earthquakes: The […]

Advantages & Disadvantages of Plate Tectonics Theory & the Theory of Gravity

It might not make sense to some to discuss the advantages & disadvantages of the scientific theories of plate tectonics & gravity, but politicians in Kentucky, Louisiana, Texas, and South Dakota might consider it an important pedagogical strategy. Here is how legislators in Kentucky put it in an Act relating to science education and intellectual […]

Advantages & Disadvantages of Plate Tectonics Theory & the Theory of Gravity

It might not make sense to some to discuss the advantages & disadvantages of the scientific theories of plate tectonics & gravity, but politicians in Kentucky, Louisiana, Texas, and South Dakota might consider it an important pedagogical strategy. Here is how legislators in Kentucky put it in an Act relating to science education and intellectual […]

Race to the Top Finalists: A Map View

The U.S. Department of Education announced today that 15 states and the District of Columbia were chosen as finalists in the first phase of The Race to the Top Fund ($4 billion). Forty states and D.C. applied for funding in this first competition which required a single proposal from each state (Please follow this link […]

Aftershocks & Historic Record of Earthquakes in Chile

The February 27, 8.8 earthquake offshore Maule, Chile occurred at the boundary between the Nazca and the South American Plates.  According to reports from the USGS, coastal Chile has been the location of vary large earthquakes for centuries.  There has been a written record of earthquakes in Chile since the 16th Century.  In 1735, when […]

Aftershocks & Historic Record of Earthquakes in Chile

The February 27, 8.8 earthquake offshore Maule, Chile occurred at the boundary between the Nazca and the South American Plates.  According to reports from the USGS, coastal Chile has been the location of vary large earthquakes for centuries.  There has been a written record of earthquakes in Chile since the 16th Century.  In 1735, when […]

Global Warming: It's Only a Theory & Balanced Treatment in South Dakota Science Classrooms

Yesterday, I reported that the South Dakota state legislature moved a bill along that calls for a balanced teaching of global warming, “especially since global warming is a scientific theory and not a proven fact,” to quote HR1009.  This notion of using “theory” in science as not being viable, or as having not gone through […]

Global Warming: It’s Only a Theory & Balanced Treatment in South Dakota Science Classrooms

Yesterday, I reported that the South Dakota state legislature moved a bill along that calls for a balanced teaching of global warming, “especially since global warming is a scientific theory and not a proven fact,” to quote HR1009.  This notion of using “theory” in science as not being viable, or as having not gone through […]

Snow in Atlanta, South Dakota Wants Balanced Treatment for the Teaching of Global Warming: Go Figure

Yes, it did snow today in Atlanta, and indeed all around the southeastern region of the USA. It normally does not snow in March in Atlanta. This year has been the year snow, especially in the eastern part of the USA. Some pundants, and especially one US Senator have used this year’s snowfalls to support […]