Champion of Education

Graphics Scholarship Awards

The terrific people at the Graphic Communications Scholarship Foundation have graced me with the designation Champion of Education with a celebration scheduled for the  2014 scholarship awards ceremony in June. It’s a great feeling to be honored by your colleagues for doing work you’re proud of, but it’s also a bit daunting to think of all the work that still needs to be done. All of us, from pre-school to K-12 to college and grown-up life, need to learn more faster and better.

Every June, the  Graphic Communication Scholarship, Award and Career Advancement Foundation, a lean 501(c)3 non-profit, provides money for college to dozens of  New York metro area students pursuing careers in graphic communications:

The GCSF Champion of Education Award honors exceptional individuals in the graphic communications field who have contributed their time, resources and talents to advance the industry’s understanding and to prepare its next generation.

It’s an important industry event raising money for a great cause.

Trends in Career & Technical Education


PDF of Jack's slides

For a session at the United Federation of Teachers, here are my slides with: a quick update on NYC CTE partners’ activities; a recap of an excellent job market briefing we got from the New York State Department of Labor; some stats about college completion; and a look at the increasing dissatisfaction with the way higher education has been churning out degrees that go nowhere.

In addition, I use stats and art from several studies:  From Wall Street to Wall Mart, Diplomas and Droputs and the just-released Harvard report Pathways to Prosperity.

Cruel Expectations: College for All

Now that I’m a graduate student, I’ve been looking at the troubling results of the nation’s push towards college-for-all.

Un-neighborly: Ad Blocking in Park Slope

UnneighborlyGrumpy laminated signs are uglifying the gorgeous architecture of Brownstone Brooklyn. “Do not deface my property with your disgusting advertising,” they seem to say. “Let me deface my own property with this churlish plastic billboard.” The most subtle sign is postcard-sized with a giant NO! — flyers, ads, menus — but you can get a lawyer-worded 5″ x 7″ placard that is “technically compliant with the new Anti-Flier Law” with each letter 1 inch tall. Continue Reading →

We don’t know anything, really

We don’t know anything, really.

OLED Multimedia PDA

Clie1Sony took a big step in commercializing Organic Light Emitting Diode (OLED) displays recently with the introduction of the Clié  PEG-VZ90,
a Palm OS PDA pitched as a portable multimedia device. It looks a lot
more like a pocket TV than a Palm Pilot and comes with a multimedia
control panel and audio and video playback software.

Sony stopped selling Clié s in the U.S. market this year, and the
new unit costs over US$850, but the integration of multimedia features
and the use of the slimmer, brighter, faster, less-power-hungry,
better-viewing-angle OLED display in place of an LCD is a milestone.
For the specs on the Sony OLED, see their press release. Check out lots of pictures of the new Clié  from the Japanese Clié  User Club  by way of Engadget. And see our video "Pocket PC: Turbocharged PDAs" for the big picture future of the computer in your pocket.