That’s What I’m Screaming About!!!

This is what I have been waiting for, why i barely write in this blog, and why nobody visits it neither… I have been waiting for this talking point. It is so much easier to quote somebody else who says what you want to say. I learned that while doing my thesis… which by the way sounded a lot like what Congress is just now learning. Can’t remember if I sent a copy to them. Now, to send a copy of this to Super Nintendo Brewer to see if he will remain true to his 5 point plan. -g

A chat about Congress’ effort to restore environmental education funds | By Amy Linn | Grist | Grist Feature | 26 Sep 2007: ”

No Child Left Inside

Graffiti: Art, Vandalism, or the next victim of Coporate Capitalism?

a panel discussing the cultural importance and educational value of graffiti and you invited a Caltrans head? oh this ought to be good… and for the most part it was…save a few things mentioned below.

there is no doubt that the conference held at the National Center for the Preservation of Democracy was in the right city to discuss these issues. the event began with the coordinator of the program addressing the audience (many who joined the event an hour into… gotta love LA, and comprised of super egos, talent, self appointed experts and martyrs, and just your average educational enthusiast trying to see if they could learn something and bring it back to the youth) disappointedly… within the first ten minutes of the doors opening someone had tagged the building, historic and sacred to many who do work there.

avoiding a close call of cancellation, we continued on the bumpy road. the highlight reel should read.
1) Caltrans representative Dan freeman plays the part of the “bad guy” to a T, but not before dosing off a nod or two while participating in the panel… to his defense, the panel wasn’t exactly begging for his continued input.
2) former President of the Cultural Affairs Commission of LA timely points out the “we need to take the existentialism out of graffiti..” i mean seriously folks.
3) O.G. cholo stylist and native of East LA Chaz Bojorquez hands out one of many “disses” of the day when he fuels the battle of the coasts with his comment that “… NY is still doing bubble letters…”

other highlights included artists Slick and Retna responding to inquiries on their proven credentials, as well as defending themselves and members of other crews, artists demanding answers to questions that undoubtedly left the lay person in the audience more confused… and a distaste for the high level of ego necessary? in graffiti…

bottom line. the discussion must continue. questions to be answered. what is graffiti? is tagging the same thing? what is art? what is vandalism? why do graffiti? does the intrinsic individualism equal embedded capitalism? and can we have this discussion without addressing political, social, economical, racial, and the other multitude of realities and issues…

what did we learn? that our students need to be a part of this dialogue. they need to help us answer some of these questions and help us creatively formulate solutions to some of the “problems” graffiti creates while it addresses, consciously or not…
p.s. suggestions for curricular ideas surrounding this topic welcome… without the existentialism!
p.p.s. couldn’t really comment on LA weekly and their important role with the excess of promoting that went on at the event but… read the article coming out soon by Shelley Leopold


some of our friends that share this vision for a different kind of education…

A.R.E. (association for raza educators)
this group is doing amazing things with their students in los angeles. comprised of a small group of highly motivated and dedicated educators, this group is committed to the struggle against educational inequity and the conditions that permit its existence in our inner city schools…

this group is dedicated to resisting unfair recruiting tactics that prey on inner city school students fears of paying for college and the likes..

what we are missing in the classroom. whatever happened to education of the spirit? rites of passage? my boys (men in training) have begun to answer that. with the help of two extremely dedicated men, young males in this program have lives positively affected forever.

What is this?

About Us:
This website was once dedicated to the betterment of education through discourse between “progressive” educators. Then I realized it was not a website at all but a blog. I also realized that it is not solely for the use of progressive educators but it should be an open forum of discussion for anyone interested in education.

So not only did I market the wrong way… I also marketed the wrong thing! Unintentionally of course I have come to realize that this blog serves only one purpose, discussion. Whether internal or shared, the theme centers around educational change.

Change does not necessarily assure progress, but progress implacably requires change. Education is essential to change, for education creates both new wants and the ability to satisfy them.

Everyone who realizes they have a stake in this should enter into a discussion somewhere sometime. Or in the words of the great poet Rumi:

Human beings are discourse. That flowing moves through you whether you say anything or not. Everything that happens is filled with pleasure and warmth because of the delight of the discourse that’s always going on.