Mr. Eagle. Mr. Macaluso made no such assumption. He merely extrapolated on the idea that parental involvement among the poor help mitigate some of the effects of poverty on students. It's not the school's fault that the absentee rate is so high. Parents making sure their children are in school from 8am-4pm every day all but eliminates absenteeism. It's not teacher's fault that some kids aren't learning at the same pace as their peers. Parents who make sure their kids are in the house after dinner, doing their homework, encouraging learning, is the ONLY way to guarantee that children have a chance in this world. It's too easy to blame culture or socio-economic class, or to claim that only teachers and administrators who come from the same place as oneself can effectively educate their children. No Mr. Eagle, you get the children, and then the future you create. If you aren't involved in YOUR OWN child's education, you are as much a failure as they will be. Put your child on the bus, walk or drive him to school. Whatever it takes. Make sure the school calls you immediately if your child is absent. Then do something about it when they do. Make sure his homework is done, and "ground him" if it's not. It's called being a responsible parent. Not demanding that the schools take care of your kid for you.
Hey Kate, thanks for the comment and I'm so glad you enjoy my reviews! You're absolutely right, and it's something I admit that I hadn't considered. It's silly, but the connection to being "manly" didn't even occur to me, I just wanted a word for "courageous" that had a bit more of a crude bite to it, since that's in keeping with the film's tone. I appreciate you calling my attention to this though!
Now I'm racking my brain: is there a non-gendered or even a female equivalent?
Thank you for the catch, kcraft28. Photo has been updated for proper credit.
Ugh. Remember this from last spring?
photo by Annette Dragon
Adam, I love your reviews! But as a gal reading this review about a gal in a film directed by a gal, I wince at the term "ballsy." Being brave is not being manly; it's being brave. Courage comes from the heart, not from nature's testosterone factories!
I do wish that our local media would do a better job reporting all kinds of positive stories about Rochester city school district students. What a disservice is done to these children to see their local media--including City News--constantly reflecting such negativity. Why shouldn't we expect students to fail when they constantly see failure reflected back at them from supposedly well-meaning journalists? There was a time when "School News" was an important part of a newspaper's commitment to the community and the daily activities of kids in schools was exalted as important. If Tim says that parental engagement may be key, I would say that perhaps he and his colleagues could also be better engaged in the lives of our city kids if they truly want to see improvement in academic outcomes.
Damn Mr. Macaluso --- did it not occur to you that your idea about " last week’s awards ceremony [representing] a reminder that the most effective mitigation of poverty’s influence on students just might begin with parents" --- just might represent a quantum-leap, and perhaps an asinine assumption that ALL of the "several dozen students" live in poverty?
Thank you for this review. I regret missing this festival and will keep an eye on next year. Nice to hear the Brubeck blood continues on. I've been a Rachel Brooke fan for years and urge you to check out more of her catalog.
Good reviewing from City as usual, but it is nonetheless disappointing that none of the bloggers got to the Shia Maestro Trio at the Rochester Club for what was clearly the highlight of the night (and probably one of the best acts of the entire Festival). The music was progressive and highly original, and the talent of the players phenomenal. Shai Maestro was here a few years ago with the great bassist Avishai Cohen, but the bass player he brought with him this time was surely the equal of Avishai and perhaps even more inventive in the ways he managed to coax amazing sounds out of his instrument. The drummer was top-flight as well. One hopes this group will be invited back soon and put in a venue that will bring in an even larger crowd.
I liked the second set a lot. It did strike me as unusual that they alternated pieces that were out or close to out (usually Ballantyne's, e.g. Round Again) with pieces that were VERY in (usually Nussbaum's). I think I have a pretty broad appreciation of the idiom, so I liked them both. They did everything well. But I could see that someone would like just half the set. They demanded a broad taste, or vocabulary, of their audience.
The drummer with Melissa Aldana (who was terrific) was Francisco Mela. He's played at the festival a few times before--with Esperanza Spaulding, Antonio Ciacca, and Joe Lovano.
Re: Vijay. I saw his second set. I heard the same review from others there. I am guessing they fixed the sound for the second set; it wasn't bad. He explained that because his parents were there, he did his "PG" material in the first set; we got the late night material. I am guessing the second set was more adventurous. I thought it was great. He didn't break until 45 minutes in and played till 11:30.
Agree about Kari Ikonen.
Melissa Aldana was fantastic at Max. Not really out but chordless. Nice balance of freedom and structure.
Very limited article. It mentions a regents diploma, but provides no perspective as to how many RCSd students receive one. It also does not mention that 5.1% are considered to be college ready, down from 5.8% last year (a 12% decline). Pretty soon, none of them will be college ready. And yet some continue to make excuses for a failed system. Time to move to charter schools. They had a 70% graduation rate! which continues a trend of improvement. Students win, the union loses. Sounds like a winning proposal.
It seems like an obvious question is: what is Buffalo doing differently than Rochester? Aren't their demographics in terms of poverty, unemployment, single parent families, etc. fairly similar to Rochester? I'm sure someone is asking this question and coming up with answers -- it would seem to be important to know what the answers are.
I used to play with sparklers when I was a kid. I never had any problems. This is the one legislation that makes the most sense. Hopefully, there won't be an extra tax and special license to enjoy them. All these exorbitant fees and taxes make NYS a terrible place to live and work. I guess you've got to buy a dead mall or film scenes from a movie to make a go of it here.
Again...another year has passed and the graduation rate has declined even further. This has been going on for 30 years and nothing has changed or will change. It is time to make real effective changes. Perhaps the most important change may be jobs for Rochester Residents. The next change would be learning effective parenting skills.
If students are entering the 9th grade without the proper basic skills to graduate in four years then we need to look at this problem and start childhood intervention practices very early. I am not saying that teachers should become parents to their students but that interactions with parents be the focus.
It is time for Mayoral Control or at least a vote on the school board to determine how millions of dollars are to be spent in the "best" ways possible to improve graduation rates. And finally we need to cut back on administration and give teachers and principles at their specific school locations the power to make their own decisions as to how to make students more successful and graduate in the four year period.
Craig R. Moffitt
The more we segregate by economic class and race the greater the consequences. This should not become a scapegoating of the Rochester school district. Greater forces are at work. Ones that much of the rest of the country address better than Rochester.
I didn't attend the concert - I do not live in the Rochester area (I found this review from Tyshawn Sorey's Facebook page, where he is taking it in jovial stride). I know that, on the surface, this may seem like it disqualifies from making a comment, but allow me to elaborate.
I am fairly acquainted with both Mr. Sorey's and Mr. Escreet's music. The two of them have a sonic rapport through their respective working groups, of which each musician is a member of the other's ensemble. Though I have never heard these two play duo together, I *have* heard Sorey play duo with pianists before, most notably with Matt Mitchell - piano/drums is a format that Sorey happens to favor.
Being familiar with how these gentleman play music, it is statistically impossible for them to have, in Mr. Netsky's words, not "approach playing anything [he] would call music". It would be like going to a Chuck Close exhibition and saying there was nothing you would call a painting. These two are excellent musicians - though I'm sure what they did was not to the author's liking, it is still music.
Calling free improvisation, or any music that frees structural boundaries or places emphasis on sound textures, "not music" is intellectually lazy. It is also, unfortunately, not an unfamiliar screed against it. That doesn't make it any better. Mr. Netsky makes his prejudice very front and center.
Reviewing a jazz festival is extremely difficult (I would know, I've done it several times), because you have to be ready for a huge tapestry of different sounds and approaches. If the Escreet/Sorey duo was outside of Mr. Netsky's wheelhouse of being able to describe, he should have left it alone. These performances typically involve a high degree of communication, sonic exploration and controlled dissonance, but not so much in the area of melody, harmony or song structure. I am absolutely sure that's what happened this time around. There is no way that telling a reader that Escreet "banged at the piano" and Sorey "banged at the drums" (how else do you play drums??) encapsulated any nuance of their duo. There is no way calling something "meaningless noise" is a good gesture of journalism.
That's my two cents.
Speaking of Irondequoit Mall, Scott Congell is proposing a similar project in the Buffalo suburb of West Seneca worth $700 million. They are all excited. Congel wants 30 year tax relief. No mention of what he's doing here. Wait till they find out.
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