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Most Important Articles for new Visitors to this Blog

  1. 2019-2020 High School Class Sign-up Time – Please Read This Article First!
  2. It’s AP ex(sc)am time again!
  3. Never Believe Educational Experts (or Me)!
  4. “Mutual Assured Destruction”
  5. My SMUHSD Board Report on NGSS – A Lot of People of Good Will Trying to Deal with a Tough Problem
  6. Info from UC Berkeley confirms why students should not skip from Precalculus to Calculus BC
  7. Pros and Cons of the CPM Math Textbook Series
  8. Why Can’t We Teach Mathematics Properly?
  9. A Hole in the Aragon Math Curriculum
  10. How to Interest Kids in Science, Engineering, and Math
  11. How to Get in to Harvard

 

Recent Topics

(Click on any topic title below for all articles in that category in reverse chronological order – only the most recent or important articles are listed below)

Education News

  1. California’s Charter School Morass
  2. Why a “Sage on the Stage” in a Classroom is not always a Bad Thing
  3. My SMUHSD Board Report on NGSS – A Lot of People of Good Will Trying to Deal with a Tough Problem
  4. How the College Admissions Scandal was Uncovered
  5. NY Times: “Justice Department’s largest ever education prosecution”
  6. Aragon Accelerated Math Class Drop Rate Controversy Has Been Resolved
  7. Alarmingly High Drop Rate for Aragon’s Accelerated Math Classes??
  8. 2019-2020 High School Class Sign-up Time – Please Read This Article First!
  9. NGSS Impact on the 2018 SMUHSD AP Physics 1 Scores?
  10. Rewriting Your Child’s Science Curriculum – the Bold NGSS Experiment

 

Issues in Teaching Mathematics     

  1. Why a “Sage on the Stage” in a Classroom is not always a Bad Thing
  2. Senior Dilemma: What to Take – AP Statistics or Calculus BC?
  3. Aragon Accelerated Math Class Drop Rate Controversy Has Been Resolved
  4. Alarmingly High Drop Rate for Aragon’s Accelerated Math Classes??
  5. How Students are “Accelerating” in Math at Aragon
  6. STEM Class Issues from the 2017-2018 Aragon School Year: Part 2 – AP Statistics
  7. STEM Class Issues from the 2017-2018 Aragon School Year: Part 1 – Precalculus (with an aside on Multivariable Calculus)
  8. Pros and Cons of the CPM Math Textbook Series
  9. Why is 10^0 = 1 ???
  10. Why Can’t We Teach Mathematics Properly?

 

AP Class Crisis

  1. 2019-2020 High School Class Sign-up Time – Please Read This Article First!
  2. Senior Dilemma: What to Take – AP Statistics or Calculus BC?
  3. Aragon Accelerated Math Class Drop Rate Controversy Has Been Resolved
  4. Alarmingly High Drop Rate for Aragon’s Accelerated Math Classes??
  5. NGSS Impact on the 2018 SMUHSD AP Physics 1 Scores?
  6. How Students are “Accelerating” in Math at Aragon
  7. The Fine Art of Delay – An Open Letter to the SMUHSD Board
  8. STEM Class Issues from the 2017-2018 Aragon School Year: Part 3 – Physics
  9. “Mutual Assured Destruction”
  10. Attention SMUHSD Parents! State Mandated Testing Negatively Impacts Aragon’s Physics Program
  11. Taking the Fight to Harvard
  12. It’s AP ex(sc)am time again!
  13. A Hole in the Aragon Math Curriculum
  14. very unfortunate local test practice that I think is hurting students.
  15. How to Interest Kids in Science, Engineering, and Math.
  16. Confirmation from UC Berkeley on problems with AP classes

 

Teacher Salaries

  1. Before You Vote on Upcoming School Ballot Measures, Please Read This!
  2. IMPORTANT – SMFCSD Seeks Community Input on School Finances
  3. “I’ve Ended Many School Days Crying in My Car”
  4. SMFCSD Settles Contract Dispute with Teachers, But What Comes Next???
  5. SM Daily Journal: Battle over teacher pay gets worse

 

College Admissions

  1. How to get in to Harvard
  2. How the College Admissions Scandal was Uncovered
  3. SAT Test Prep Recommendations

 

Top Ten Most Read Articles

  1. Pros and Cons of the CPM Math Textbook Series
  2. It’s AP ex(sc)am time again!
  3. Critical Warnings re AP Classes
  4. Info from UC Berkeley confirms why students should not skip from Precalculus to Calculus BC
  5. Back to School – Changes at Aragon HS
  6. How to Get in to Harvard
  7. “Educators laud test success” – Give me a break!!!!
  8. 2019-2020 High School Class Sign-up Time – Please Read This Article First!
  9. How Students are “Accelerating” in Math at Aragon
  10. Why Can’t We Teach Mathematics Properly?

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California’s Charter School Morass

Abuse of public funds by segments of the charter school industry is a major point of contention between proponents of public education and those favoring greater privatization. The CA Department of Education recently created a committee to reform the charter industry. Has that committee been captured by the industry it should reform?

Continue reading “California’s Charter School Morass”

How the College Admissions Scandal was Uncovered

An article from the LA Times on the tipster who broke the college admissions scandal while trying to negotiate leniency for another crime:

https://www.latimes.com/local/lanow/la-me-morrie-tobin-college-admissions-scandal-20190331-story.html

 

NY Times: “Justice Department’s largest ever education prosecution”

In case we need yet another wake-up call…

“The case unveiled Tuesday was stunning in its breadth and audacity. It was the Justice Department’s largest ever education prosecution, a sprawling investigation that involved 200 agents nationwide and resulted in the arrest of 50 people in six states.”

My SMUHSD Board Report on NGSS – A Lot of People of Good Will Trying to Deal with a Tough Problem

Current problems may eventually be ironed out of the NGSS curriculum. There was a nice display of positive progress at the 3/7/19 Board meeting, but there is still a significant way to go. There will be problems during the transition. Parents unfortunately appear unaware of / unconcerned by this issue.

Continue reading “My SMUHSD Board Report on NGSS – A Lot of People of Good Will Trying to Deal with a Tough Problem”

A Great Conversation at the SMUHSD Board Meeting Regarding NGSS

It is very unfortunate that it took a year to occur, but I am pleased to report that we finally had an excellent exchange of views about the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) at the San Mateo Union High School District Board meeting last night (3/7/19), and I feel more hopeful for the future.

I could post my presentation today, but that would give only my side of the story.  I will defer that until I also have time to write a description of the presentations from the District and the ensuing discussion with the SMUHSD Board members.  I hope to get that done before the end of the weekend.

SMUHSD Board of Trustees Science Curriculum Agenda Item on Thursday, March 7th

After a wait of almost a year, the Next Generation Science Standards agenda item will finally be discussed at this coming Thursday’s (3/7/19) Board of Trustees meeting.  A link to the entire meeting agenda is here.  I have been told that the NGSS item will come up around 8:00 PM, but this timing is only approximate.  The District will give the following PowerPoint presentation, and I have been granted six minutes to respond.

I just sent the following email to the SMUHSD administration and the Board of Trustees in preparation for this event:

Dear Board Members,
I am pleased that we will finally address the NGSS agenda item this coming Thursday, March 7th.  I have reviewed Dr. Kempkey’s and Mr. Simmons’ presentation.  Dr. Skelly has informed me that I will have six minutes to reply following it.  I have specific comments that I will make in regards to the District’s presentation, but also request that you all be aware of the following.
Since the SMUHSD science curriculum is of paramount importance, since it has been over two months since I posted the following article summarizing my concerns, and since I have waited for almost a year to the day for this forum to occur, I sincerely hope that you will do me the courtesy of rereading ahead of the meeting this article from my blog and also the Education Week article that is referenced therein.
As I noted near the end of my article, I am NOT seeking the quixotic goal of overturning the District’s adoption of the NGSS standards, but I do have serious reservations about the adoption process and want to implement better public notification in the future before such major changes are adopted.  Please refer to my meeting objectives stated at the end of my article starting with the text “Despite looking into this for a year now, it is not clear to me how involved the Board of Trustees really was in the NGSS adoption decision, and I hope the meeting sheds some light on that question.”
Thank you.  I’m looking forward to seeing you Thursday evening.
Sincerely,
Dr. David Kristofferson