Alan November explains how he would use the first five days of school to lay the groundwork for a year of learning that goes far beyond the test.
School districts have been quick to cut music and art programs when budgets get tight, focusing instead on “employable” skills like math and science. But there’s a strong body of research indicating that neglecting the arts in school puts students at a cognitive disadvantage throughout life.
Tweens want hands-on learning taught by professional artists and they want public spaces to perform or show their work. Interestingly, many of the preferences expressed by students aligned with what experts say makes a good arts program.
Lizzie Chen /NPR By Elizabeth Blair, NPR Over the years, there have been a lot of claims about the benefits of the arts on the mind: Listening to Mozart makes you smarter; playing an instrument makes you better at math. One program — funded in part by the federal government — is putting these theories […]
In this powerful video by Edutopia, we learn how a public school in Annapolis, Maryland has found a way to integrate the arts into every aspect of school life. Using the lens of art to ask critical thinking questions, students from all backgrounds have blossomed as a result.