August 1, 2014
Write to Right

Ingrid Ricks author of Hippie Boy

Marjie Bowker extrodinary teacher

July 9, 2014 Book Arts Tuesday-Bookmaking with Children in Croatia

This is a guest post from Zoran Vidaković, an art teacher in a primary school in Croatia. Susan Kapuscinski Gaylord has been making books with children for many years. She has also put up lots of projects, resources and videos. A Great resource! Here’s  Zoran Vidaković’s blog.

July 8, 2014
"We should be livid that we have continually insisted upon the disposability of poor and working class youth of color. We should be angry that we teach young people that ultimate forms of masculinity value brawns over brains and privilege aggression, brute force, and violence over compassion, communication, and empathy. We should be outraged that schools, in desperate need of resources, realign their curriculum and culture to meet the needs of the security industry, which donates dollars and expertise to schools. We should be furious that we’ve reduced schools to merely churning out disciplined young people who will maintain and extend the US national security state rather than critique and transform these violent relations of power."

Nicole Nguyen in The Feminist Wire. Homeland Security Goes to School

July 8, 2014
"Chuck D famously referred to hip-hop as the CNN of black America, precisely because much of the music that emerged from the culture in the late 1980s detailed with troubling acuity and precision the war zone-like conditions in which black and brown folks lived in the two decades following the out-migration of good factory jobs."

Brittney Cooper at Salon. White supremacy stripped bare: What “Do the Right Thing” tells us 25 years later 

The film the Obamas saw on their first date challenged America’s narrative of progress. It also saw into the future

July 7, 2014
"He illustrates the basic mechanism to schoolchildren by getting them to take a straw and blow into a glass of water. A simple litmus test shows the children how the pH level drops as the carbon dioxide from their breath dissolves in the water. It’s a sign that naturally alkaline water is becoming less so—and it’s what is happening on a global scale as the oceans absorb a significant amount of the carbon dioxide we pump out through the burning of carbon fuels."

Casey Coates Danson at Global Possibilities. The Disaster We’ve Wrought on the World’s Oceans May Be Irrevocable

July 6, 2014
"It is obvious that the movement from individual to class consciousness has something in common with a movement from individual to community consciousness. But the awareness of class conflict, of class war, made it difficult to assume a unity that transcended the class struggle. Classes seemed real; the broader “community” did not."

Joseph Tussman at a Site dedicated to him. 

Remembering Alexander Meiklejohn

July 5, 2014
"I see a LOT of potential for Indigenous story-telling with these kinds of tools! In fact, I would love to do another one that focuses on using the Cree language exclusively, rather than having a few words here and there as in this game."

Chelsea Vowel at âpihtawikosisân. A present for Canada Day!

July 4, 2014
"The availability of source code and its relation to learning how to program is so fundamentally correlated, it’s zen."

Jim Nelson at Jim Nelson/Yorba blog archives. THE NEW 501(C)(3) AND THE FUTURE OF FREE SOFTWARE IN THE UNITED STATES

July 2, 2014

PS22 Chorus “Rise Like A Phoenix” Conchita


PS22 Chorus

A fitting swan song for the PS22 Chorus of 2014 as the school year comes to an end…. (Although happy to report we still have several more videos from these guys to come!) Truly one of the most outstanding PS22 performances of all time! Brace yourself!!

I stumbled upon PS22 Chorus a few years ago searching for  Let There Be Peace on Earth at Youtube. “Music soothes the savage beast” and while I seem incapable of making music I seem to have a mental jukebox of songs that accompany me along the bumpy road of living.

This year I managed to follow along with the PS22 Chorus  2014 during the year. The Chorus really kicks this song, and it’s obvious by their expressions  they know it.

It’s not just how well they sing, but also how much they learn. Conchita Wurst was the winner of the Eurovision Song Contest 2014. Conchita  Wurst is the drag persona of gay man. Okay, so I’m old and that seems like a lot to process for fifth graders. Even the vocabulary, “phoenix” and  ”retribution” reflect high level constructs. 

I teared up watching them perform Nothing More in their Sunday best in front of an audience. From that song:

Tell me what it is that you see
A world that’s filled with endless possibilities?
Heroes don’t look like they used to, they look like you do.

June 23, 2014
"The gist of it all seems to be that ASU gets a captured student-consumer audience in exchange for tuition discounting at its for-profit online division."

 Tressie McMillan Cottom at tressiemcLattes and Letters

(note the exchange between Clay Shirky and Cottom in the comments)

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