Tuesday, April 10, 2012

Caine's Arcade

What happens when a 9 year old boy builds an elaborate arcade out of cardboard, and a flashmob of customers comes by to play? Best. Day. EVER!

Caine's Arcade from Nirvan Mullick on Vimeo.

Via Boing Boing

Thursday, April 5, 2012

We Took a Shot and Hit the Target!

This fall, my oldest is going to go to high school at Tech Valley High School. He made it through the main lottery, where the school only accepts 40 kids total from 39 separate school districts, to our local district lottery, which only allows *one* TVHS student per year.

Epic win

I'm stunned. Not that I didn't think he could do the job, it's open enrollment and not an arduous application, and the project-based model and small class size is right up his alley. I'm just stunned that something that is such a great fit is actually going to work out. I've been hoping, but not expecting, that he'd get in, which meant that I had started prepping for next fall and how we'd get access to the challenging learning opportunities he'd need to be a successful high school student and get into whatever college he choses.

The thing that pisses me off royally about Tech Valley is that the districts that make up the area it serves can opt to not send any kids. And some have done just that, citing budgetary constraints. I don't understand how a public school, that is run by BOCES and Questar III, is supposed to survive on the goodwill of districts that have to go into their coffers to pay tuition. It is NOT a charter school, it is a bona fide public school, period. I don't understand why TVHS isn't just funded as it's own budget. BOCES reimbursements to districts are down, despite the great sounding political speeches from our latest governor that talk about how schools in New York need to do the VERY THING TVHS DOES.

So, I'm looking forward to continuing to homeschool my youngest, who will be going into her middle school years when my oldest starts his high school career. I'm also looking forward to being a proud and very involved TVHS parent, and the first thing I'm looking at working on is the lobbying to get this model the support it deserves from the state. I think every kid that wants to go there should be able to, and I find it incredible and frustrating to see that this is not possible with the current model. That needs to change, and I want to help make that happen in every way I can.