State of the Art
In the Chalkboard Jungle
By Erin Adair-Hodges
Last week, President Obama touched upon some of his plans to address our country's increasingly disastrous education system. What garnered the bulk of the attention was the proposal of tying teacher pay to performance. Most teachers find this idea anathema, and many outside of education don't understand why. In the business world, it's easy to quantify someone's performance: It's all in the numbers. Education, however, cannot be run like a business, even though that’s been the trend for the past 15 years. The problem is: How is a teacher's worth determined? If it's solely tied to student performance, then good teachers who inherit struggling students could be penalized and poor teachers in good school systems rewarded. And what students have learned doesn't always show up in a test taken that same school year; it emerges over time as they learn to synthesize the information and skills into their lives.
Time for Seconds
The Velocity of Gary (not his real name) at The Box Performance Space
By Amy Dalness
In his performer's note, Chad Brummett describes The Velocity of Gary (not his real name) as a second chance. This production of James Still's Gary, presented by Tricklock Theatre Company at The Box Performance Space, is staging No. 2 for Brummett, having also performed the solo drama 10 years ago while studying theater at UNM.
Twelfth Night: Ducdame Ensemble
By Monica Schmitt
Immersion performance in which audience members follow actors through Meow Wolf, eventually settling in the stage area.
Courtesy of Noah McLaurine
[Tension-Building Music] Opening Reception
By Maggie Grimason
The recent work of Noah McLaurine, featuring photographs of public lands and monuments in New Mexico. Runs through 11/5.
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