What a hoot! On his blog today, George Rebane went on a rant against “progressives,” somehow trying to blame them for “the Nevada Joint Union High School District (announcing) that it will cut the last Advanced Placement Calculus course from its curriculum due to declining enrollment.”
“Not to be a laggard in the race to the Left, Nevada County progressives today are promoting programs that promise to put us at the bottom of the bottom in the state,” this fool (masquerading as a PhD.) wrote. “It appears that the only community-wide programs and policies we encourage are those designed to attract the poorest, most indigent, homeless, substance abusing, and least educated.”
Gregory Goodknight — a self-proclaimed intellect who comments regularly on Rebane’s blog — fell for it too, at least initially. “This is a further sign of the hollowing out of NUHS by draining off much of the cream into Ghidotti, but the deprecation of AP Calculus at NU is nothing new.”
Except that Rebane got it wrong. Completely wrong. As The Union reported: “Clarification: The entire AP Calculus program was not cut. While AP Calculus BC was phased out at Nevada Union, AP Calculus AB is still ongoing.”
Goodknight, to his credit, at least acknowledged The Union’s “clarification” later in the day.
Except that it wasn’t a “clarification;” it should have been a “correction.” (The headline read “AP Calculus phased out”). It was a big journalistic screw up.
In fact, AP Calculus AB is still ongoing, and students at Ghidotti High can take calculus courses at Sierra College. Ghidotti also ranks first in a statewide assessment of student performance — an achievement worth celebrating.
Rightwing blogger George Rebane owes “progressives” a big apology. And The Union need to be more careful and call a “correction” a “correction.” Rebane also could help embarrassing himself by getting his news and information from the local students, parents and teachers — not just The Union (where his wife is on the editorial board).
Small towns are a hoot! Podunk with a capital “P.” But we’re making progress. Slowly.