The Social-Emotional Consequences of the Authoritarian Standards & High-Stakes Testing Sham

Note: This is the second in a series of articles on the consequences of the authoritarian standards & high-stakes testing sham.

Anxious teachers, sobbing children was the title of an opinion article published in the Atlanta newspaper last Sunday.  The article, written by Stephanie Jones, professor of education at the University of Georgia, asks “What’s the low morale and crying about in education these days?  Mandatory dehumanization and emotional policy-making  — that’s what.”

Policy makers, acting on emotion and little to no data, have dehumanized schooling by implementing authoritarian standards in a one-size-fits-all system of education.  … Read more

Three Web 2.0 Science Projects for Your Science Courses

The Web 2.0 science projects described in this post will enable your students to interact with students around the globe.

Web 2.0 refers to using the Web in a more interactive, and social way where students can create, share, publish and work together in collaborative groups.  Over the years, science teachers have created a variety of Web 2.0 projects for K-12 students.

This post is to announce the availability of three Web 2.0 projects that you can use with your students.  … Read more

Ozone: An Inquiry into Air Quality

Atlanta leads the nation today in air quality—that is to say that it’s ozone forecast for today exceeds all other cities in the nation.  As shown in the AirNow map below, most of the Eastern part of the nation is in the moderate to USG ozone levels.  Moderate AQI (Air quality index) is 51 – 100. Air quality is acceptable; however, for some pollutants there may be a moderate health concern for a very small number of people.… Read more

Haiti Relief Effort: Global Resources & Agencies

The Haiti relief effort is in full operation, with the United Nations, individual relief organizations, the U.S. government including the U.S. military and eight additional departments and agencies within the government, and humanitarian aid, and resources from countries around the world.  The earthquake caused widespread damage, and ruined the infrastructure of the country.  The head of the International Monetary Fund has called for a “Marshall-like Plan” to help rebuild the country, and help establish a viable infrastructure and economy.  … Read more

Global Response to the Earthquake in Haiti

It has nearly been a week since the devastating 7.0 earthquake struck Port-Au-Prince, Haiti, and the surrounding cities and towns of this Caribbean country. The disaster is one of the worst in the Western Hemisphere, and our hearts go out to the suffering that is being experienced by so many people in this country. The response to help the people in Haiti has been a global response. Countries and organizations from all over the world have sent people and resources to Haiti.… Read more

Impact and Cause of the Haiti Earthquake

The earthquake that occurred on January 12, 2010 near the city of Port-Au-Prince, Haiti has overwhelmed the country, and there is now an enormous relief effort underway in this Caribbean Country.  One of the most important things that we can do is to become involved in the welfare of the children and adults that have been devastated by this 7.0 earthquake.  And one way to become involved is to make a monetary donation to charities that are highly rated by the site, an independent, nonprofit organization that evaluates charities.  … Read more

Would it be shameful not to reform health care?

It would be shameful if we do nothing to fix the health care system in the USA, so says Dr. Joseph W. Stubbs who is president of the American College of Physicians and an internist in Albany.  You can read his editorial which was published in the Atlanta-Journal Constitution yesterday.  He argues from his position as President of this prestigious organization and from his context as a practicing physician.  

He says this about the current health care legislation in Congress:

To be perfectly clear, the proposed health care legislation is not about rationing care, socialized medicine or death panels.

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Using Case Studies to Help Students Investigate Health Care Issues

There were two articles that I read today that contribute to how science teachers might use case studies (sometimes based on articles in the press or magazines, or actual cases written for students and teachers). The cases and/or artices could to create a context relevant to student dialogue, discussion & inquiry. The first article was about about the effect the lack of health insurance has on working-age Americans, and the second article was on the effect of Mexico’s Universal Health Insurance on household expenses and health.… Read more

Health Care in the US: An S-T-S Issue for the Science Classroom?

Health care has emerged as one of the most contentious issues of the day in the USA. The contention is not new. This PBS time line covering the past 100 years identifies points of contention and progress in the government’s attempt to deal with health care on a national level. A more informative time line of health care in America can be viewed at this New York Times website. The issue is explored in the timeline from the campaign of Theodore Roosevelt (he promised national health insurance) to the current effort by President Obama to reform health care.… Read more

Safer Schools in China

We know that the Sichuan province earthquake destroyed enormous numbers of schools, and that many children died as a result.  Andrew Revkin reported on his blog research being done by Santiago Pujol, an engineer at Purdue focusing on preventing just the kind of destruction that was done to schools in China.  Revkin has an illustration comparing vulnerable and strengthened buildings, and a model of school that would be much safer during an earthquake than many of schools in China.… Read more