Why our local schools need to stop endorsing George Rebane’s Tech Test

Our local schools need to stop endorsing George Rebane’s Tech Test until he shows himself to be more a 21st century educator, not someone who teaches “reading and writing and arithmetic” sung to the tune of a “hickory stick.”

On his blog, Rebane continues to insult, demean and deprecate the very same demographic he supposedly is trying to educate. Instead of supporting the students, his words come across as arrogant and bullying — a general attitude the schools have been trying to counter.

Rebane doesn’t understand millennials. It would be like calling his generation, the Greatest Generation, a bunch of “freeloaders,” because of all the government perks they have received over the years (VA home loans, Medicare, Social Security and other benefits).

When we last visited Tech Test, Rebane labeled STEAM “specious,” even though the local schools had reached out to include a Tech Test Jr. in the local STEAM program (STEAM is a reasonable educational approach to learning that uses science, technology, engineering, the arts and mathematics).

But Rebane writes: “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.”

Now Rebane is insulting millennials — again. In the “Depth of Dumbth,” he writes: “Evidence continues to pour in that the most recent generation of Americans – the so-called millennials – have turned out to be the dumbest in our history.”

“This generation’s state of knowledge was most vividly illustrated during the ‘women’s marches’ after President Trump’s inauguration.  When asked why they were marching, their answers ranged from the incoherent to the inane.

“I offer this little update to further buttress RR’s contention that the damage to our national mind is both deep and done; there is no feasible way to fix it or fill the educational chasm.  This generation will embrace progressive policies wherever they are encountered, and cement them in the voting booth.”

And who comes to Rebane’s defense? People like local Don Bessee, who writes: “Saw an interesting article that was looking at the 25% increase in pedestrian deaths 2010-15 while vehicle fatalities only went up 6%. The culprit was cited as smartphones, snowflakes so engrossed in their facebook they walk into traffic with frightening regularity in urban areas like SF. Darwin at work? ;-)”

You can’t make this stuff up!

Author: jeffpelline

Jeff Pelline is a veteran editor and award-winning journalist - in print and online. He is publisher of Sierra FoodWineArt magazine and its website SierraCulture.com. Jeff covered business and technology for The San Francisco Chronicle for years, was a founding editor and Editor of CNET News, and was Editor of The Union, a 145-year-old newspaper in Grass Valley. Jeff has a bachelor's degree from UC Berkeley and a master's from Northwestern University. His hobbies include sailing and trout fishing.

14 thoughts on “Why our local schools need to stop endorsing George Rebane’s Tech Test”

    1. LOL! I saw her whining in that blurb and I agree with a comment that the TPers are experts on disruption. A couple of years ago I saw on facebook that a MoveOn group was having a picnic in a park when TPers waddled in and told them they have to pack up and leave. So not to create violence, the MoveOn group packed up with a couple of TPers snidely offering to “help”. The picnic continued over at one of the MoveOn persons home where the TPers followed and stood out front of the property to continue their harassment. This was filmed and posted by a TPer (it may be available on You Tube). Personally I would have cranked up speakers playing the Hendrix version of the Star Spangled Banner to drown out TP noise if that was my property.

  1. And of course George Rebane responds to wing nut Don Beesee:

    “I’ll thank you to keep these kinds of revelations to yourself. No need to alert them, we need all the help we can get ;-)”
    Posted by: George Rebane | 31 March 2017 at 03:52 PM

    I can’t help it that every time I hear George talk like this all I can think of is “Hey, you kids, get off my grass!”

    1. George and Todd were the only ones in the “Express Line” at SPD at 7am this morning there so I got behind them. They only had the two packages of Depends and the vodka that was on sale, so I thought they would go quickly. That’s when the argument started over whether they would buy the Enquirer (headline : “Obama Wanted To Bomb New Jersey to rid planet Earth of Chris Christie, then bomb Northern California to Kill the 159 State Of Jefferson people”) or the Union (headline : LaMalfa/ McClintock votes to approve fracking in Nevada County, triple rice farmer subsidies, end health care for any one younger than 30, or older than 35). I finally got out of the store 15 minutes later after the clerk gave them the Union for free to get them out of the store –
      you can’t make this stuff up-

  2. Jeff
    People who give scholarship money to our high school students should be thanked and encouraged based upon the scholarship program alone, not for opinions (whether liked or disliked) independent of the scholarship program. The many thousands of dollars awarded Nevada Union seniors in the past ten years speak for themselves. The opinions of the contributors or organizers are irrelevant.
    Ray Shine

    1. Ray,
      When your opinions are inexorably tied to those you are supposed to be helping/mentoring (as in the case of George’s repeated ignorant comments knocking millennials as “the dumbest generation”) I wholeheartedly disagree. It’s like running a nursing home and calling your patients “old farts.”

  3. Climate deniers like Rebane should not be allowed to have anything to do with education in any way, shape, or form. They have no credibility especially in science and should not be able to spread their twisted political ideology by indoctrinating young minds with their narrowly focused views under the guise of education. Education is about teaching people to think, not teaching them to be cogs in a corporate money making machine. Math and Science are only two of more than a dozen learning centers in the brain. Not everyone has aptitude in these areas which is why standardized testing is so obscene. Such testing does not measure learning or intelligence beyond a few particular subject matters and thus fails miserably at assessing the whole child. Rebane condemns the millennials because he can’t understand why they don’t buy lockstep into his worldview. He devalues teachers because they don’t teach what he thinks they should teach but never questions the validity of his own views (like climate). The millennials aren’t stupid, George, your are just wrong and they don’t buy into your crap, and you denounce them for it just like you denounce everyone who disagrees with your extreme views.

  4. Rebane is quick to dismiss the mental abilities of the younger generation but hasn’t the intelligence to look in the mirror. He clearly lacks the capacity to safely drive a motor vehicle any longer. It is a safe bet that other aspects of his mental and physical acuity are also greatly diminished. As I reported a few weeks ago, despite a generous shoulder, GR left his Jeep parked almost entirely in a lane of traffic on Cement Hill while he thumbed through his mail. My 20 something daughter would have been quick to point out that “that man is too old to have a driver’s license.” Despite being a Stanford grad with a challenging job in the tech sector, I’m certain her tattoo would of greatest concern to Mr. Rebane. He sees the good in nothing. To him every silver lining has a cloud. He is the stereotypical grumpy old man. GR needs to take a deep breath and embrace the good in newest hands on our social steering wheel rather than continually point out what he personally deems to be critical faults. Look in the mirror old man and rectify your own faults before criticizing others.

  5. Rebane doesn’t want to get it — and never will. He thinks the criticism comes because the test is administered “by people some of whom hold conservative political views.” No, it’s about making ongoing, insulting, and uneducated remarks about the very people you are supposed to be helping. As a parent, why would you ever want your child to be mentored by someone who is so vocal that millennials are the “dumbest generation”? It amounts to verbal abuse and waiving dollar bills in front of it is downright sick.

  6. I have never lived in a place where so many people profess to know it all but don’t. LivingInaBubble.com.

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