Summary of 2 hour conversation: People are real.
The medium by which you manifest your reality is secondary, and is artifice. You, as flesh, is a medium. You, as pixels, is a medium. It’s all sodium and potassium down carbon. That’s all. Everything you are, everything you have been, and everything you ever will be, [...]
It’s time to speak truth to power.
Ultimately, it’s one of the cornerstones of lacking courage that’s the modern hallmark of the American public education system. I adore Diane Ravitch and respect her work immensely, but she and I differ on one key point: She says the American public education system is not a failure. [...]
I began composing in earnest in 1996, thanks to the inspiration of my band director and first theory teacher, Tony Maio at Cicero-North Syracuse High School, who created a school MIDI lab well ahead of the curve, and richly appointed for its day. Roland MIDI synths, great monitors, thoroughly decent computers, and Finale 3.5.2, if I [...]
Nearly two dozen Clarksville, Arkansas teachers will be carrying concealed weapons to class starting in the fall, according to AP.
A teacher that carries a gun to class is betraying children. A teacher that thinks s/he can be an effective educator while keeping the vigilant mindset of armed guardian misunderstands psychology, has flawed [...]
A colleague today shared this link with me, a TED talk by Rita F. Pierson:
I do so love a good TED talk! The link to Sir Ken Robinson’s 2006 TED talk a bit down the page is worth your time, as is his 2010 follow-up. I consider these two talks absolutely seminal [...]
Both the Washington Post’s Challenge Index and the U.S. News & World Report Best High Schools Rankings are irrelevant distractions that do not reflect any substantive or meaningful measurement regarding school performance, and giving them credence by holding them up as desirable results – or worse, desirable objectives – only seeks to advance the cause [...]
This morning, I heard something that prompted my rage. In response to hearing that a person of color with an accent might be a person of interest, I heard a railing diatribe about closing our borders, and rounding up anyone that fits the description in Boston and grilling them.
No! That is exactly the wrong [...]
In his letter of January 30, philanthropist Bill Gates states how important he believes it is to measure teacher effectiveness. I agree. In fact, I’ve said as much:
Mr. Gates references the important study released by the Measures of Effective Teaching Project that found that effective measures of teacher quality are [...]