Education a target for Constitution Revision Commission

Every two decades a commission is charged with reviewing the Florida constitution and suggesting changes to it. I admit that I know very little about the process, so I will rely on you folks to educate me and guide me through the process. I do know that the commission has held public hearings and after […]

The controversy “will never be over”

The Orlando Sentinel’s School Zone blog posted a short story about the new “controversial theories” bill recently filed by Sen. Dennis Baxley: Sen. Baxley files school bill to require ‘controversial’ science topics be taught in ‘balanced’ way. State Sen. Dennis Baxley, who once said controversy about evolution being taught in public schools “will never be over,” […]

Nature and Science Friday all in one amazing week!

Do you listen to Science Friday? Even if you don’t, can I convince you to tune at 3 p.m. tomorrow (Friday, Sept 1)? Because that’s when I’ll be on the show! Yes, that’s right, this author and Florida Citizens for Science communications director will be chatting with Ira Flatow about science education, our state’s new […]

This is not “needless fretting”

An editorial was published in a few papers recently, including the Gainesville Sun, opining that Florida’s new instructional materials law isn’t something to get all worked up about: Needless fretting over textbook law. The doomsdayers among us believe Scott and the measure’s supporters have thrust open an educational Pandora’s box, exposing school districts to the “anti-science” […]

“It’s such a joke. It’s like, what is this, 1940?”

There’s quite a bit to discuss today, so let’s get right to it. There are a lot of links in this post to various news articles and opinion pieces. If you only click on one link, though, then click on this one. This is a thorough news piece in the Sarasota Herald-Tribune: New law expected to […]

Yes, it was a weary laugh

Florida’s horrible new Instructional Materials and Religious Liberties in Schools laws are continuing to garner all sorts of news coverage. The latest pieces are great takes on the laws by popular columnists. First we have Fred Grimm’s thoughts in the Miami Herald, New education law allows anti-science mob to go after evolution and climate change: […]

NCSEteach: an important resource for teachers

There’s a teacher support network that assists educators navigate the sometimes tricky task of helping students understand evolution and climate change. It’s called NCSEteach, offered by the National Center for Science Education. I invite you to check out what the program offers. There’s a wonderful Dealing with Denial webpage with lots of helpful links. There’s […]