Rebane once called STEAM education “specious”; now his TechTest is integrated into the local program

Local hard-right political activist Dr. George Rebane — a legend in his own mind — used to rant against STEAM education (a reasonable educational approach to learning that uses science, technology, engineering, the arts and mathematics).

One of the rants appeared on KVMR, where George is a commentator on the news hour (and a generous donor). “STEM is not powered by STEAM” he opined, seeming to insult the intelligence of arts students: “Preparing for a STEM career is hard, and not everyone is qualified to do so.  That is a prime reason why so many of our youth seek easier educational paths into adulthood and the nation’s workforce.”

“With all these important things going on, we suddenly see a new initiative from the progressive Left to revive arts education in our public high schools through a specious attempt to attract additional funding from established STEM programs.  This is done by injecting ‘Arts’ as a necessary and integral part of a complete STEM education – the new acronym then becomes STEAM.”

Well guess what? Rebane’s “Tech Test” is now part of the local STEAM Expo! “This year TechTestJr was part of the Nevada County STEAM Expo ( held on Saturday the 25th of March at the Nevada County Fair Grounds at which time the test takers received their awards,” the good Dr. informs us on his blog. (BTW, as most STEAM students know, it’s “Fairgrounds,” not “Fair Grounds).

A change of heart or a breakdown in George’s own rigorous “critical thinking”? lol. The “Church Lady” sums it  up best:

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Jeff Pelline is a veteran editor and award-winning journalist - in print and online. He is publisher of Sierra FoodWineArt magazine and its website Jeff covered business and technology for The San Francisco Chronicle for 12 years, and he was a founding editor and Editor of CNET News for eight years, among other positions. Jeff has a bachelor's degree from UC Berkeley and a master's from Northwestern University. His hobbies include sailing, swimming, and trout fishing in the Sierra.

12 thoughts on “Rebane once called STEAM education “specious”; now his TechTest is integrated into the local program”

  1. You can’t make this stuff up!

    Russell Steele wrote an email and asked me to “remove this negative post.”

    I asked him whether George Rebane would remove all the negative posts he made about STEAM education, millennials, liberal arts students, etc., on his blog.

    He has insulted the same people he hopes to attract to TechTests, including the parents. Our son is a straight “A” STEM student who has been taking college math classes. He has read George’s blog and doesn’t want to participate in the program.

    More parents and students of TechTest takers should read George Rebane’s blog. So should sponsors such as Intel, Telestream and AJ Video.

    As for the error I pointed out, Russ writes: “I was the one who wrote Fair Grounds, not George, an error that escaped after multiple editors looked at the text.”

    Well, thank goodness for the “A” in STEAM. I guess all the “multiple editors” need a refresher course in basic English.

    Russ also said the SES Board decided to go with the STEAM Expo. I wonder if the board read George’s snide comments about STEAM education.

    SESF reaps what it sows! Duh!

      1. Bullies! I noticed Pruett weighed in on Rebane’s blog. That’s a sure sign of “smoke” — in this case a well meaning effort that needs new leadership.

      2. You’d think after losing the county clerk-recorder’s race to Greg Diaz in EVERY SINGLE PRECINCT that Barry Pruett would crawl under a rock. Most of us would. (For the record, those results are real, not “fake news”). Instead, to direct attention from his own personal shortcomings, he resorts to “fake news” to belittle others. He’s a glutton for punishment too: Because kharma keeps kicking him in the butt. Ouch. ROFLOL.

      3. Jeff, would you expect anything less than bullies on those sites? I don’t go over there anymore so they don’t get a “hit”. It just got too boring “besting” them.

  2. How pathetic: You go to the SESF website and find links to and SPD script programs. “The TechTest Scholarship program depends on the generous donation of community businesses, board members, Friends of SESF.
    “SESF is a 501(c)(3) non-profit corporation and all donations are tax deductible. We thank you for your support.”

  3. Jeff,
    You rather pointedly mentioned GR as a, “generous donor”.
    What does that have to do with his being a principle commentator on that station?
    Surely you don’t mean to suggest that air time can be bought and paid for, on our publicly supported radio station.
    Exactly what is the difference between donating and underwriting?

    1. I am just offering up the facts. It’s up to you to decide how George Rebane winds up on the “news” hour as a commentator. KVMR News says the two are unrelated. Why don’t you volunteer to be a commentator on the news hour, along with George? You are equally qualified, perhaps more so. Let me know what happens. Meanwhile, donating refers to giving money (in George’s case to the KVMR capital campaign; something there is named after him). Underwriting refers to sponsoring a program.

  4. Jeff,
    I would have loved to support KVMR over the years I have lived here.
    As you know I very much value quality public radio and have appeared on NPR in the past.
    Sadly, my relationship with this station is very poor and not likely to improve.

    I’m flattered you think I could hold my own beside “Rocket” Rebane, (my pet name for the gentleman), but he could probably annihilate me in any verbal argument.

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