By Stewart Brekke • Oct 1st, 2016
Only 2 out of 5 American high school students take physics. this is partially because of the dearth of high school physics teachers. High school physics is the first step in generating careers in STEM subjects, careers which may yield good lives.
By Stewart Brekke • Aug 1st, 2016
America is behind most of its world competitor countries in physics training. As the United States transitions from an economy based on agriculture and manufacturing to one more based on knowledge and continuous innovation, jobs of the future will demand greater ability to “invent, improve and adapt” and to project beyond the present to opportunities in the future. This situation more and more depends upon a scientifically educated and trained population. Because of this critical situation the United States is encountering a current and future shortage of science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) professionals.
By Stewart Brekke • Apr 1st, 2016
More Americans Are Obtaining a College Degree, and this is allowing them to obtain middle class status, but it is
becoming more difficult for families to finance it, especially for lower income families
By Stewart Brekke • Jan 22nd, 2016
Although the number of high school students graduating has increased to historic peaks, measures of academic readiness for college or employment are lower. Based on data from a record 1.9 million ACT tested students, approximately 60 percent of the 2015 US graduating class, ACT scores show very little change in overall college readiness for the last few years.
By Stewart Brekke • Nov 1st, 2015
Every year approximately 4 million children are born in the United States. The majority of these children will spend a portion of their day before the age of five in an out of home setting such as child care, pre-school or Head Start. However, the need to address the “word gap,” especially in children, from poorer homes is acute and quality early childhood education after the age of three may provide the basis for overcoming the word gap. This early childhood education may result in a successful school life for the child and by extension the child's entire future life. A need exists for universal high-quality early educational opportunities for all children supported by the state or Federal government.
By Stewart Brekke • Jul 1st, 2015
Of the 2014 high school graduates 68.4 percent of them were enrolled in colleges and universities. Recent high school graduates not going to college were almost twice as likely as enrolled graduates to be working or looking for …
By Stewart Brekke • May 1st, 2015
Higher high school graduation requirements for science and math have produced mixed results on national and international tests.
By Stewart Brekke • Jan 1st, 2015
Many educators are advocating “high expectations” in the classroom in regards to behavior and academic work especially in minority schools. In my experience holding students to high expectations is a good idea, but the practicality of high expectations requires more than giving the minority students higher level work. Here's what worked for this high school physics teacher.
By Stewart Brekke • Dec 1st, 2014
According to a recent study, for the first time in American history the high school graduation rate was over 80 percent. If the the rate of improvement in this statistics sustained, by 2020 the high school graduation rate will approach 90 percent. Since 2006 the national rate has increased by an average percentage of about 1.3 each year.
By Stewart Brekke • Nov 1st, 2014
Are the PISA test results worth anything? The PISA test results for American students compared to students of other nations and how these comparisons are flawed.