May 15, 2012
Lloyd K. Johnson, a retired science education expert at the old Health, Education and Welfare Department, died April 30 at his home in Springfield. He was 93. He had congestive heart failure, said his son Peter Johnson. Dr. Johnson joined the Health, Education and Welfare Department in 1961. He specialized in science education and collaborated with schools and state governments to strengthen teaching standards for science and mathematics. He retired in 1980. Lloyd Kenneth Johnson was a native of Wahoo, Neb., and a...
October 7, 2011 |
In communist North Korea — tightly sealed off from the Internet and foreign news — a fledgling private university is offering hand-picked students a rare window to the outside world. The Pyongyang University of Science and Technology , backed by evangelical Christians and Western-trained scientists, aspires to give future leaders tools to develop the country's backward economy and promote peace on the Korean Peninsula. This week, the year-old school hosted its first international...
May 30, 2009
I was pleased to see that the Virginia Board of Education is considering eliminating the Standards of Learning history test for third-graders [ Metro , May 28]. Unlike math and reading skills -- which form the foundation for more complex subjects and arguably merit periodic testing to ensure comprehension -- the information covered by a standardized social studies exam is arbitrary. With an infinite number of historical topics available for study, who can say which are worthy of memorization?
March 25, 2009
IF YOU THOUGHT the fight over teaching evolution in public schools had been settled, you haven't heard about what's taking place in Texas this week. Starting today, the state's board of education will consider whether the phrase "strengths and weaknesses" should remain deleted from the state's science standards. Debating strengths and weaknesses of various scientific theories might sound reasonable until you learn that those are supportive buzzwords for people who doubt evolution and want creationism taught in the classroom.
June 22, 2009
Position: Vice president, Office of Science and Engineering, North American Public Sector, CSC. Career highlights: Associate director and deputy director for science, Office of Science and Technology Policy, Executive Office of the President; staff director, research subcommittee, House Science Committee; consultant, Science magazine. Age: 43 Education: BA, molecular biology, University of California, Berkeley; PhD, biochemistry, Stanford University. Personal: Resides in Falls Church with husband, Michael Baker.
April 25, 2009
Christina Hoff Sommers asserted that Title IX is "the law that requires universities to give equal funding to men's and women's athletics" ["A Threat in Title IX," op-ed , April 14]. Title IX actually says, "No person in the United States shall, on the basis of sex, be excluded from participation in, be denied the benefits of, or be subjected to discrimination under any education program or activity receiving Federal financial assistance. " There is no mention in Title IX of athletics at all. This basic mistake undercut Sommers's entire argument,...