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Blogging On History, Science, and Education

NSTA, Reno, biology

I’m now writing two books on biology. The field is exciting beyond anything I’d imagined. Today’s biologists are trying to figure out the origin of life. Theirs are tales of wonder. I’m thrilled to have the opportunity to tell some of their stories. I’ll be speaking at the National Science Teachers Association 2015 Area Conference in Reno, October 22-24. Science and literacy will be the focus. So come and join the fun. And, yes, there will be sessions on the Next Generation Science Standards, along with STEM and STEAM. Check out: http;//www.nsta.org/conferences/area1.aspx  Read More 
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In the Name of Education: Cutting Social Studies? Science?

Front page headline in the Sunday Denver Post on Feb 8 says: "State Educators May Lower bar: New graduation guidelines could mean axing science and social studies." The story: two yeas ago Colorado's education leaders instituted a new set of graduation requirements for Colorado students. Things haven't working out. The Post says, "Bottom line: If approved by the Board of Education this spring, graduating from high school in Colorado will be easier than [it was] two years ago." Forty years ago, when Denver had a bigger school population than it has today, the school administration headquarters was an open-to-the-public two story building. Now it's a nine story bastion, mostly closed to teachers and citizens. While we bash teachers and their unions, it's the growing education bureaucracy, not the majority of our teachers or our children, who seem to have been failing us.  Read More 
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