Archives for July 2010

DEM, LEM, and TEM: The New Language of Accountability & Standards

Okay. Here is a multiple choice question for you to consider: DEM, LEM, and TEM are: a. Nicknames for the latest X-Box game superheroes b. Abbreviations for newly discovered planets outside the solar system c. Names of three new political parties in the State of Georgia d. Acroynms for Georgia’s system wide approach to effectiveness […]

DEM, LEM, and TEM: The New Language of Accountability & Standards

Okay. Here is a multiple choice question for you to consider: DEM, LEM, and TEM are: a. Nicknames for the latest X-Box game superheroes b. Abbreviations for newly discovered planets outside the solar system c. Names of three new political parties in the State of Georgia d. Acroynms for Georgia’s system wide approach to effectiveness […]

The Real Meaning of Standards: Rigor, Shock, Stacking Up, Raising the Bar!

There was an article in today’s Atlanta Journal/Constitution newspaper by Maureen Downey, a columnist who writes on education issues entitled “Georgia’s Core Values.”  The article had nothing to say about “core values”, but had a lot to say about the new national math and English/language arts “core” standards. Surprisingly Downey writes without any criticism or […]

New Generation of Standards: What's Going On Here?

Last week the Massachusetts Board of Education approved the adoption of the Common Core Standards in Language and Mathematics, replacing their own standards which had been in place for nearly two decades, and viewed in high regard in the educational world.  Massachusetts’ politicians, educators and professional standard’s managers had spent nearly a year debating whether to […]

New Generation of Standards: What’s Going On Here?

Last week the Massachusetts Board of Education approved the adoption of the Common Core Standards in Language and Mathematics, replacing their own standards which had been in place for nearly two decades, and viewed in high regard in the educational world.  Massachusetts’ politicians, educators and professional standard’s managers had spent nearly a year debating whether to […]

Time to Review Online: National Research Council Framework for Science Education

In a post that I wrote in February, I announced that the National Research Council had received funding from the Carnegie Foundation to develop a “conceptual framework for a new generation of science standards.”  The conceptual framework has been completed in a public draft that is now ready for review.  There is an online questionnaire […]

Top Blogs in Science Teaching

The Art of Teaching Science has been identified as one of 15 top science teaching blogs by Maria Magher’s blog.  We are very thrilled to be one of the weblogs on Maria’s list.  There you will find a collection of science teaching blogs that you might find relevant to your work.  I’ve visited all of […]

Why Scientific Perceptions Persist Even with Facts & Teaching

There was a very interesting study completed at the University of Michigan entitled When Corrections Fail: The persistence of political misperceptions by researchers Brendan Nyhan, School of Public Health, University of Michigan, and Jason Reifler, Department of Political Science, Georgia State University.  This study, although in the realm of political behavior, has strong implications for science […]

Why Scientific Perceptions Persist Even with Facts & Teaching

There was a very interesting study completed at the University of Michigan entitled When Corrections Fail: The persistence of political misperceptions by researchers Brendan Nyhan, School of Public Health, University of Michigan, and Jason Reifler, Department of Political Science, Georgia State University.  This study, although in the realm of political behavior, has strong implications for science […]

Why Scientific Perceptions Persist Even with Facts & Teaching

There was a very interesting study completed at the University of Michigan entitled When Corrections Fail: The persistence of political misperceptions by researchers Brendan Nyhan, School of Public Health, University of Michigan, and Jason Reifler, Department of Political Science, Georgia State University.  This study, although in the realm of political behavior, has strong implications for […]

Why Scientific Perceptions Persist Even with Facts & Teaching

There was a very interesting study completed at the University of Michigan entitled When Corrections Fail: The persistence of political misperceptions by researchers Brendan Nyhan, School of Public Health, University of Michigan, and Jason Reifler, Department of Political Science, Georgia State University.  This study, although in the realm of political behavior, has strong implications for […]

Independence Days

Happy July 4th, an important day for us all, and my favorite holiday. There are serious problems all around us, but today perhaps we can reflect on the importance of the American day of Independence.  The notion of independence is an underlying principle of science and education, and it is perhaps the central reason that […]