Touchdown: Mars Lander Arrives Polar Region

I watched the last half-hour and the final seven minutes of terror as the Mars Lander (Phoenix) approached and continued on into the Martian atmosphere entering at about 12,000 miles/hour, and slowed to 5 miles/hour and made a perfect landing: touchdown. What was exciting about this half-hour was watching the activities in mission-control and listening […]

NASA's Phoenix Lander Set to Land on Mars

On Sunday, soon after the finish of the Indianapolis 500 race, the Phoenix Mars Lander will approach the planet Mars and attempt a powered landing. Live coverage will be shown on NASA television with the descent to Martian surface beginning around 4:46 P.M. Eastern time. Here are some sequences showing how the Phoenix will approach […]

NASA’s Phoenix Lander Set to Land on Mars

On Sunday, soon after the finish of the Indianapolis 500 race, the Phoenix Mars Lander will approach the planet Mars and attempt a powered landing. Live coverage will be shown on NASA television with the descent to Martian surface beginning around 4:46 P.M. Eastern time. Here are some sequences showing how the Phoenix will approach […]

CRCT: A Failed System in Georgia: It Needs to Change.

In yesterday’s Atlanta Journal-Constitution an article reported that the Georgia State Department of Education knew students would fail the social studies test in huge numbers, but refused to share this information with superintendents, teachers or parents in the state. 69% of students in grades 6 and 7 failed or as the state puts it: “Does […]

High Stakes Assessment in Georgia Fail the Test

In the last two posts, I’ve opened a discussion on the high-stakes testing in Georgia.  More than 80% of the students who took the social studies test failed, and about 40% of the students failed the math CRCT (Criterion Referenced Competency Test). The Georgia State Department of Education is at a loss to explain these […]