Johns Hopkins Grant Will Help Students Test Their Schools

Students at Patterson High School and Baltimore Polytechnic Institute are about to get new science and environmental health laboratories: their schools. A Community Research Grant from Johns Hopkins will fund our joint effort to provide students with mentors, testing equipment, … Continued

Science out of the Silos

     The New Scientific Breakthroughs:             How and Who   When we list our most important scientific breakthroughs, we usually note the discoveries of new evidence: ancient bones, DNA, black holes and medicines.  But could our biggest recent breakthrough … Continued

If you want students to learn, let them test their schools.

Every year our schools test students. And every year these tests show that students in Baltimore City Public Schools perform far below state averages on all subjects. If we want better results, we need to invert the equation. Students should … Continued

So.. Your Plan is to Move the School Closer to the Superfund Site?

Ever discover something a little late into the process? “You aren’t eating those blackberries, are you?.. Didn’t you know this is a Superfund site?” The president of the neighborhood association was looking at me with concern as my blue stained … Continued

The Coconut Weirdo Tree

Giving children a chance to name things in nature invites them to use their imagination and observation skills and to claim the right to categorize things. Anderson tells the children the common name so they can communicate with people outside the class, but which is the more memorable and descriptive name: Monkey Weirdo Tree, or Horse Chestnut?

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