On Thursday, November 14, 2013, I’ll be a panelist at an upcoming forum on the Common Core Standards Initiative. Julie Gorlewski (SUNY, New Paltz), Flordie Kreiter (DaVinci High School), and Sean Croft (Starpoint School District) will also be presenting. A copy of the flyer can be found here. The event is free and open to the… Continue reading
On October 1, 2013, I was interviewed by Sam Magavern, from the Partnership for Public Good (PPG) in preparation for the forum on high stakes testing at Kleinhans that took place on October 2. The archive of the show can be found here or streamed below.
The Public Good is a weekly radio show organized by PPG. It airs Tuesdays from 1:00 to 1:30 pm on WUFO AM 1080.
I’ve been receiving a fair amount of email following Wednesday’s forum at Kleinhans Music Hall, and some folks are looking for a more extended analysis of New York’s Annual Professional Performance Review (APPR).
On September 23, I participated as a panelist at the forum, “A Report from the Trenches: How High Stakes Reform Agenda Impacts Stakeholders,” which was held at Hartwick College in Oneonta, New York. The forum served as a means to develop the discussion on the serious dangers of current education policy and how to respond… Continue reading
Tomorrow, October 2, there will be a “Summit for Smarter Schools” at Kleinhans Music Hall. The Partnership for Smarter Schools indicated in its September 25 press release the following: This community-wide forum will allow all stakeholder groups in public education to closely examine the role that high stakes standardized tests should have in the state’s… Continue reading
During a speech in Lockport, NY, Governor Cuomo issued a “death penalty for failing schools,” targeting in particular the City of Buffalo. Concretely, the death sentence includes a state takeover of public school districts such as Buffalo, mayoral control of the school district in question, and charter schools, similar to New Orleans following Hurricane Katrina,… Continue reading
Pete Lund’s blocSonic fortyFive release “Back from ’91” has been receiving some interest, judging by the nearly 2,500 downloads from the Free Music Archive.
This gives me an excuse to talk about some of the key components of that recording!
First up is that its a great example of Michael Joly’s K47H capsule designed for the Oktava MK-012 SDC body. This was one of my first tests of the mic, and I believe it shined. Here’s the chain: K47H -> Buzz Audio Elixir -> Purple Audio ODD eq -> JLM LA500 compressor. For Pete, the mic worked great, and so did the ODD eq. There’s something about the sound it imparts. And while I’ve not spoken much about the JLM LA500, let’s just say this: if I win the lottery, I’m buying everything he produces! Yeah, it adds some color, but not too much. It’s great to track with, and really “levels” in a way that never ruins, but always makes things sound better. In case this wasn’t clear up front, that chain went to “tape.” Of course there’s the debate about outboard gear vs. plugins. But my experience is this: getting the sound right from the get go really makes things move along, both artistically and time wise. And, while I believe if one knows what they’re doing they can get a “pro” mix with plugins, my own experience is that a complete front end chain just brings things to a new level.
Enough tech talk. The fact is, we managed to capture a great performance and feel for these two great songs. Without a great song, and a great performance, what’s the point?
A recent article in the Times Union reported that New York Commissioner of Education John King is working to mobilize “business leaders” to counter the growing public opposition to the Common Core initiative.
Over the past several weeks, a growing array of reports regarding the opposition to the Common Core and high stakes testing have appeared. Recently, Buffalo’s WIVB did this report, which is one of the best major media reports regarding the opposition to the Common Core testing regime, suggesting some of the governing class is having… Continue reading
Along with the tenets of “human capital”, “behaviorism” informs the radical restructuring of public education. It drives the demand for the secret databases, where like prisoners in Guantanamo, abducted data is tortured until it yields to the miner’s will. Mined data is then used (for a fee!) to create “personalized learning environments” for those held… Continue reading
While NYS/Pearson refuse to recognize the legitimate claims of the public to view and thus evaluate tests used to evaluate public school students and educators, there is little NYSED can do at the moment to stop efforts to gather and publish first-hand experiences of educators and parents (albeit within the undemocratic confines that I believe… Continue reading
There is one thing that I believe should be forcefully said: the inBloom database should be destroyed. Even if the “cloud” were safe, and even if parents are allowed to “opt out”, the database should be opposed. Rarely mentioned is the reported claim that teacher and principal data is likely to be in the database,… Continue reading
In Parts I-III, I outlined the dangers and significance of the attacks on public education and in particular the anti-public character of the Common Core State Standards Initiative.I outlined a process of infaming the public that included three elements: (1) the imposition of mass failure on public schools via the manipulation of standardized test data… Continue reading
ROCHESTER, N.Y. (CN) – Parents who think standardized tests are a waste of time filed a federal class action against New York and their son’s school, which punished him for refusing to take a test, as his parents instructed.
What most people don’t know is that with the adoption of the Common Core State Standards Initiative (CCSSI), the New York State Education Department (NYSED) has instituted a provision to limit the speech of professional educators beyond what I think would normally be considered reasonable or necessary. I wonder if this has occurred in other… Continue reading