Author Archives: Eric Nelson

About Eric Nelson

Eric (Rick) Nelson served 28 years with the Fairfax County Public Schools teaching math-intensive chemistry and physics. For over 10 years, he was an elected President of the Fairfax Co. Federation of Teachers/AFT/AFL-CIO. Currently Rick works with college educators to publicize cognitive research on how students learn in math, sciences, and engineering. He may be reached at [email protected] For references on the science of learning cited in this commentary, visit .

Virginia’s Math SOLs: Science-Based — or Common Core?

Parents depend on schools to prepare their children with the skills needed in the global economy. In Virginia public schools, K-12 instruction is governed the Standards of Learning (SOLs). Between 1995 and 2015, our math SOLs were based on “best … Continue reading

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