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Time to give up on chemistry and physics? An FSU professor's lament



Florida State University physics professor Paul Cottle has for years now been a loud voice pressing for added intensity in the state's science curriculum and standards. He has helped write upgraded requirements for student learning, and then argued for even tougher ones.

But in his latest blog post, he sounds near giving up on the state, which he suggests doesn't have the same real life commitment to the science part of STEM that it speaks. Consider:

"There are no end-of-course exams for either the chemistry or physics courses that would fulfill the requirement, and none have been seriously contemplated, despite their mention in the “when budget conditions allow” piece of the law that instituted the “chemistry or physics” requirement in the first place.  They will not happen during my lifetime. ...

"There is no serious effort to bring a significant number of talented young people into Florida’s chemistry and physics teaching corps to address the shortage of highly qualified teachers in these fields. ...

"Maybe (former Leon High principal) Rocky (Hanna) has won, and it’s time for people like me to just admit it and move on."

Is Cottle's pessimism justified?

[Last modified: Tuesday, December 18, 2012 11:06am]


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