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!