Comments by eastlaker

San Diego Opera head says all want to save company

It was the teaser on the Voice of San Diego email earlier this morning, "A former IRS official tells inewsource that the San Diego Opera's contract with Ian Campbell and his former wife could trigger an investigation from the state attorney general" But a comment on the article from ienewsource was very informative regarding opera membership. If you have time, please read what cvg says on the KPBS.org article previously mentioned. Has to do with the 2012 990 form and the quorum change. This commenter believes the form would indicate the quorum change is for the SD Opera Association, not the board meetings...so I would think a very close reading of all that would be a good idea. Could be the fly in the ointment...for those who want to shut down. There's more, but I think people should read this for themselves.
— April 12, 2014 1:41 p.m.

Standardized tests shunned by South Bay parents

On the topic of "If You Build It"...I was able to attend a panel discussion a few months ago with some of the people involved with the program and the film, and was very impressed. There are difficulties involved in trying to bring back this type of instruction to the public schools. Two thoughts in specific were brought up: insurance on the operation of heavy equipment by students is no small matter; and, the other is that shop class has been seen as a way that lower income and minority students were tracked into a second-class version of public education. So it is a hard sell. But as BBQ has mentioned, people learn in different ways. Some learn better in a more hands on environment. Anyway, the "rethinking" part of this program is that students learn the math, design and problem solving behind everything they do. They learn teamwork, they learn pride in accomplishing the creation of something from a concept to a model to a reality. From the program in North Carolina that lasted just a couple of years, many of the approx. 20 students went from being unmotivated to being engaged in their own futures. Most went on to college, when they hadn't really considered that before. (Now this program is underway in Berkeley, CA, in a middle school and a high school. I hope to hear more from these people.) The students were given the physical tools and learned to use those, and then realized what else they could accomplish. Education has always been something of a guessing game, because we can never know exactly what every student needs at every moment. So we hope we cover all the bases, or we try to cover all the bases. The funny thing about people is that you just never know what is going to "take" or "stick". Which is why early exposure to all the arts is necessary, and early exposure to learning how things work is also necessary, and early exposure to the importance of caring for our physical world and our own being. How can schools accomplish all that? It is an impossible task, but teachers do it EVERY SINGLE DAY! I have the utmost respect for that.
— April 12, 2014 8:41 a.m.