Friday, January 30, 2009

Chomsky, Baby!

What a nice old man! The whole visit was a pretty coincidental. The building that houses Chomsky's department is the Alexander W. Dreyfoos Building. My high school was called Alexander W. Dreyfoos School of the Arts. So not only was I in the Alexander W. Dreyfoos Building interviewing Noam Chomsky about high schools, it turns out that Alexander W. Dreyfoos was a photographer who went to MIT. Anyway, here's the photo I gave to him, the photo I took of him, and the recorded interview.

I'm going to try and work on the background to declutter it.

The interview can be found here.

Tuesday, January 27, 2009

This is Newton (because all my post must sound like a line from 300)

A true scientist is an artist of natural philosophy, a philosopher ponders the science of art, an artist paints philosophy like a mad scientist, and the greatest of each has super crazy vision.

Using a Leadership Role to Put a Human Face on Science

Monday, January 26, 2009

This is Newton.

A video inspired by the mathematician, Steve Strogatz. At the age of thirteen, Steve was astonished to find that pendulums and water fountains had a strange relationship that had previously been completely hidden from him.

Parabolas (etc.)

Sunday, January 25, 2009

New Nike ACG site

The new ACG site has a cool, galaxy interface—but it lacks a z-axis. Could be a cool way to show our curriculum.

Friday, January 16, 2009

Building Materials

If you have any materials that could be contributed to the model it would be much appreciated.

Possible materials:
Balsa or Bass wood
sheets of metal or plastic
And whatever you think will work

Peliminary list of classes

Here is the list. Its word for word, so it might be a little chaotic.

Shape and form–sculpture, ceramics, etc..
Color Theory–painting, still life,
Principles of design
photography–lighting, printing
3D modeling–math related
Printing–silk screen, digital
Instrument specific
reading & writing sheet music
cinematic orchestra
creative writing
Applied math
All Sciences
Birds in Flight
Presentation Class–public speaking, Storytelling
DJ Mixing
World History
US History
Personal Finance
Exploration–Discovery's "Planet Earth"
Myth Busters
Culinary Arts–food science(Alton Brown)

Some examples

Waldorf Curriculum

My So-Called Life

I only asked one question during high school, and it was " What I'm I learning this for, again?" and all my teachers would respond with the same answer "Because you NEED too." But I never felt that any of the information was pertinent to me, so I slacked off. I cut class, didn't do my homework; and when I did do my work it was half-assed.The only incentive I had during high school was basketball, and during basketball season was the only time I focused on my classwork. Luckily I can regurgitate information and passed most state exams, and I cut deals with teachers to pass me if I achieved certain scores on test (which I knew I could pass). Basically, I saw the system as a joke, so I treated as one. My teachers aren't to blame for my lack of interest, the subjects and information which I was taught was just fucking boring. In hindsight, I wouldn't change a thing. I learned how to bullshit, found loopholes in the system and still go my diploma and went to college. The same thing everyone else was trying to accomplish.

Tim's highs school years in chronological order:

9th Grade - failed math 1 and earth science

10 Grade - Failed math 2 and biology (blame that on Megan Rowe and getting suspended in the middle of the year for telling a teacher to stop calling my house and leaving creepy messages.)
-1 week out of school suspension
-3 day in school suspension
-Summer school

11th Grade - Failed Math 3 and chem
-Summer School

12th Grade

High school kinda sucked.

Friday, January 9, 2009

Waldorf Curriculum links