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November 19, 2015
by Larry Ferlazzo

Neil deGrasse Tyson’s New Piece On “What Science Is” Will Be Used In A Ton Of Classrooms

Neil deGrasse Tyson has just published a short piece in The Huffington Post titled What Science Is — and How and Why It Works.

It’s a very safe bet that it will be used as required reading in many IB Theory of Knowledge classes when the definition of “knowledge” is discussed.

And I’d bet dollars to donuts that many teachers will be using this accessible column in many other classes, too.

Here’s an excerpt:


November 10, 2015
by Larry Ferlazzo

“Breakthrough Junior College” Highlights Science Videos By Students (That I Don’t Understand)


Breakthrough Junior College is financed by tech billionaires like Mark Zuckerberg and Sergey Brin.

One of its projects has been a contest for high school students to create videos explaining important scientific concepts.

You can see all the finalists here.

I don’t understand what practically all of them are talking about excerpt, perhaps, for the one embedded below on fireworks.

The Washington Post wrote an article about the grand prize winner headlined This high school student just won $250,000 for his film explaining Einstein’s theory of relativity.

I’ve embedded his video below, too, and am adding it to The Best “Theory Of Relativity” Videos (This month is the one-hundredth anniversary of The Theory of Relativity, so there are lots of videos being made about it).

November 8, 2015
by Larry Ferlazzo

New Interactives On Climate Change


Here are some new additions to The Best Sites To Learn About Climate Change:

What’s Really Warming The World is an impressive interactive from Bloomberg.

Which countries are doing the most to stop dangerous global warming? is an interactive from The Guardian.

What you don’t know about America and climate change is from CNN.

Climate change is here. is from National Geographic.

October 17, 2015
by Larry Ferlazzo

Lots Of “Experts” Quoted In Article, But Our Principal Is Only One Who Knows What He’s Talking About…


Large share of grads from some high schools require remediation at Sacramento State is an article in today’s Sacramento Bee that highlights the large percentages of high school graduates who are required to take remediation classes at Sacramento State University.

Our school, Luther Burbank High School, is targeted for having a higher percentage of graduates being required to take these courses than another other local school.

Various “experts” claim the reasons behind this including lack of collaboration between colleges and high schools and inadequate information about the expectations of college, and suggest that the Common Core Standards will somehow help this problem.

Fortunately, our principal is able to inject the one piece of common sense and accuracy into the over-simplified analyses offered by others quoted in the article:

The problem often starts well before high school, said Principal Jim Peterson. Burbank faces additional challenges, as 72 percent of its 1,776 students are considered low-income, and about a quarter were English learners last year.

“In the case of our school, demographically, a lot of our students … come to us below grade level,” Peterson said. “We work diligently as a team to get them thinking about college and get them moving in that direction. We push rigor in the classroom; nevertheless, we have kids that need some catching up.”