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Democrats will have the chance to keep their promises to make college affordable now that they have won a majority of seats in the House of Representatives. As for the No Child Left Behind Act, the leading House Democrat on education has signaled his desire to retain the law’s central accountability provisions. Read more about the Democrats plans for education next year in this Education Week article at http://www.edweek.org.
And read more election results from across the nation as they relate to education at http://www.ecs.org/clearinghouse/70/71/7071.pdf.
Everyday Science Explored
A new series from National Public Radio (NPR), "Science Out of the Box," seeks to explain phenomena big and small in language we can all understand. Topic One: Why is it that shower curtains tend to bow in towards the shower when the water is running? To read the article and to listen to an explanation, visit http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=6430581.
The third installment in NSTA Reports’ series is titled “Translational Research in Education.” Written by James E. Hamos, the piece begins with “In a recent article on the implications of brain research for teaching and learning, I started by recommending that the application of such research to educational practice needs ‘to be done with caution and with a realization of the limitations.’”
This series offers opinion pieces by many of the leaders in science education today. To read the third installment in the series, visit http://www.nsta.org/main/news/stories/nsta_story.php?news_story_ID=52868. To find out more about the book, visit http://store.nsta.org/showItem.asp?product=PB195X.
How long do you live after you fall through the horizon of a black hole?
Can you detect the moment at which you cross the horizon?
As you float comfortably inward, can you see the starry heavens?
Answer these questions for yourself by participating in Montana State University's General Relativity course. This, along with courses in biology, chemistry, science education, water quality, microbiology, physics, and astronomy will be offered this winter/spring semester through the National Teachers Enhancement Network (NTEN). Courses can be taken as part of a graduate degree or as stand-alone classes for professional development. NTEN offers participants an opportunity to interact and network with science teachers and active research scientists nationwide while earning graduate credit from Montana State University. Registration is open from the NTEN website at http://btc.montana.edu/courses/aspx/ntenindex.aspx , or call 800-282-6062 for more information. NSTA members receive a 10% discount on most courses.
Evolution remains a contentious topic. What responsibility does a science educator have in terms of teaching evolution? What are the legal ramifications? Eugenie Scott explorers this theme during the General Session discussion: “Teaching Evolution: Cans, Can’ts, and Shoulds” at the NSTA Western Area Conference on Science Education December 7-9 in Salt Lake City, Utah.
Dr. Scott, a former university professor, is the Executive Director of NCSE. She has been both a researcher and an activist in the creationism/evolution controversy for over twenty years, and can address many components of this controversy, including educational, legal, scientific, religious, and social issues.
For more details on the conference program, and to see what other presentations continue the evolution discussion, visit http://www.nsta.org/saltlakecity.
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