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Raspberry Pi Curriculum Project

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The Raspberry Pi Curriculum Project needs more than a better name. We need collaborators. We're a year and a half into the project, several months behind our self-imposed deadline, and about 3 weeks from presenting to colleagues from around the state (Maryland): we are finding big holes in our expertise and confidence, finding a lot of lard and redundancy that needs to be trimmed or excised, and very little experience proposing changes to state curriculum - none in this early age of the (proprietary) Common Core.

We're looking to share this computer science and electronic engineering (STEM and ICT) curriculum at a professional conference for educators in early November. We'd love more help: we value free software, open education, open culture, collaboration, contructionism, contructivism, and connected learning. We're looking for others who share our commitment to providing every learning opportunity to every each student and her needs. Visit us here:, or contact us with Source is shared and ready for pull requests at github:

Signal boosts and words of encouragement both appreciated.

Last Updated on Sunday, 06 October 2013 20:27

Pushead a Go Go

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Read about this fantastic list of top punk, metal, hardcore, crossover here or here.

If you like what you see, consider this: you can stream this anywhere you have web access.

What you need:

  • URL
  • Username
  • Password

Those things will be provided if you figure out how to contact us.

  • web access
  • desktop with media player


  • Android (search Play for "ampache" - our player of choice at the moment is justplayer
  • Blackberry (there's a client; no idea what it is.
  • iPhone (will only stream over wifi unless jailbroken; believe iAmpache is the client, if not, search the app store for ampache)

With the url, username, password, and something to recieve the stream, your able to listen to pushead's top 100 stream on demand. Make and save playlists.


About Vanguard Party

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Vanguard Party was a non-profit, bi-monthly print publication started in 2001. Although no longer in print, Vanguard Party nevertheless remains committed to promoting culture, critical thinking, and political, economic, and social awareness.

Each issue submission strives to challenge the cultural assumptions taken for granted by the mainstream media, while simultaneously reporting on contemporary issues and culture.

At the same time, Vanguard Party delivers reviews of products, albums, films, and cultural events, as well critiques of current events and news, perhaps a regional culture calendar, classified ads, advice, and certainly in-depth articles and interviews about culture, and fiction, poetry, comics, and photography.

The digital refit is coming along: The legacy site remains, but much of the content has already migrated to its new home at Follow the links to a dedicated Flickr group, a Tumblr blog, and a twitter stream.

Graphics and theme leave a lot to be desired, but it’s coming along fast enough to keep us enthusiastic about the transition.

If you share a commitment to liberation politics without a vanguard party, consider yourself a contributor. That it’s a work in progress is a given; look for the final submission when you reach the end of the signifying chain of desire.

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Last Updated on Saturday, 14 May 2011 22:25

Fighting Words

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Critical vocabulary for liberatory discourses. We’re relying on Joe L. Kincheloe’s Critical Pedagogy (Peter Lang Primer), because the marginal glossary is geared to readers new to critical theory without condescending or being patronizing. The definitions are concise, terse, and therefore necessarily simplistic - often oversimplified and problematic. They remain nevertheless a remarkable starting point. We'll continue to cultivate a glossary committed to the theory of culture.


The theoretical ways of understanding that developed in the last third of the twentieth century that questioned the assumptions about the world put forth by modernist, scientific Western frameworks.

Emancipatory Literacy

involves revealing the ways dominant power operates in a manner that allows an individual and groups to act in resistance to its efforts to oppress them.


middle class, conventional, unimaginative, and selfish.


the application of reason alone to analyses of the world in lieu of emotion, affect, and concerns of worth and justice.


German term for spirit of the times.

Dialectical Authority

Involves studies that account for the importance of opposites and contradictions within all forms of knowledge and the relationship between these opposites. Knowledge is not complete in and of itself. It is produced in a larger process and can never be understood outside of its historical development and its relationship to other information.


traditional definition involves systems of beliefs. In a critical theoretical context, ideology ideology involves meaning making that supports form of dominant power.


persons’ ability to shape and control their own lives, freeing self from the oppression of power.



Manifesto of the Mentored (The Conscience of the Pedagogue)

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Last Updated on Monday, 25 February 2013 16:31

Leftist Audio Resources

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Cultural criticism, what we strive for, is grounded in foundational leftist thinking. Over the course of ten years, we've learned that many people who would benefit from access to primary sources put them off; some dismiss them outright.

We've engaged in a project to make foundational leftist texts available by streaming audio as a tool for education. Here's what you'll need:


Username: hackers

Password: untie

This is a prototype with 5 GB of audio available as independent streams anywhere you can access the web. In fact, with Palm and Android, clients are available to playback streams anywhere you have 3G access; for iOS, a client is available that works if you have internet access through wifi.

If the prototype is successful (based on usage statistics and feedback), we'll create a permanent instance. With your feedback, we believe this can be an outstanding resource.

There are three steps after login: browse, add to the playlist (using the + buttons), and then pressing the play button above the playlist.

We really are reliant on feedback.

Contact us if you're interested in the technical details: we relied on the good work of TurnKey Linux, the developers of Ampache, and the resources at Librivox and InternetArchive.

Last Updated on Saturday, 23 July 2011 10:55

Pedagogy and the Pathology of the Hacker Class

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It’s been 25 years since a high-school junior known as The Mentor published an essay, soon after his arrest, that quickly became dubbed “The Hacker Manifesto.” The 500 word document, "The Conscience of a Hacker," profiles the mind of the hacker without relying on wrecked Oedipuses, foreclosed or repressed traumas, negligent or conflicted upbringings, social or ideological conflicts, or economic privilege.

For The Mentor, the etiology of hacker pathology has its foundation in the sustained and reliable failure of educators to satisfy their mandates: in the course of his essay, The Mentor provides a scathing catalog of negligent pedagogy.

By the 100th word, we know The Mentor: he’s the student whose achievements consistently fail to reflect his abilities — the underachiever who knows every word of the volley in teachers’ conferences with parents.: “I’m smarter than most of the other kids, this crap they teach us bores me…Damn underachiver. They’re all alike.” He recounts learning how to reduce fractions for the fifteenth time, clearly understands, but must account: “No Ms. Smith, I didn’t show my work. I did it in my head….Damn kid. Probably copied it. They’re all alike.”

Throughout, this refrain reminds us of the inherent inhumanity of the scene.

You bet we’re all alike…we’ve been spoon-fed baby food at school when we hungered for steak…the bits of meat that you did let slip through were pre-chewed and tasteless. We’ve been dominated by sadists, or ignored by the apathetic. The few that had something to teach found us willing pupils, but those few are like drops of water in the desert.

Whether it’s a farce or a tragedy, the pedagogical scene has already precipitated the ascension of a hacker class, expatriated from the “desert” of the real and presiding, peer-to-peer, over virtual telecommunication landscapes, as unified in purpose as they had been indivisible by pedagogues. “I know everyone here…even if I never met them, never talked to them, may never hear from them again…I know you all…Damn kid. Tying up the phone line again. They’re all alike…”

In the twenty-five years since The Mentor declared “this is our world now,” how far have we come in the earnest rhetoric of reform, twenty-five years during which we recognized multiple intelligences, drilled in preparation for differentiated instruction, and internalized a just demand that every student have an equitable opportunity for academic success? What affect has the transformation of secondary education, compelled by the competing rhetorics of standards-based reform and social justice, had on the silent dispossession of students like The Mentor?

Last Updated on Tuesday, 07 June 2011 10:52
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