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JFK, Arne Duncan and CCSS: The arts in your child’s education?

November 26, 2013

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Originally posted on Reclaim Reform:
How important are the arts in the education of your child? Here are three revealing quotations. “When power leads man toward arrogance, poetry reminds him of his limitations. When power narrows the areas of man’s concern, poetry reminds him of the richness and diversity of his experience. When power corrupts,…

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Arne and the Mommies II: “My son had great test scores…”

November 23, 2013

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Originally posted on Reclaim Reform:
“My son had great test scores, so I’m not really worried,” said many mommies and daddies of varying races, ethnicities, socioeconomic statuses, geographic locations, etc. What’s wrong with that? During the Dark Ages throughout Europe doctoral candidates were expected to rationally discuss and defend the answer to, “How many angels…

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Don’t Believe Me…

January 1, 2013

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(It’s been several months, so I’m rusty… I hope you don’t mind that I’m writing again… and if you do, well, I’ll let you deal with that.) Please don’t believe me. Or even listen to me as if I know anything about anything. I’m just guessing here, making various choices based on my own experiences […]

September 4, 2012

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Originally posted on TED Blog:
TED Fellow Candy Chang creates art installations that are interactive, in a chalk and marker sense of the word. In this talk given at TEDGlobal 2012, Candy gave an emotional glimpse at the installation “Before I Die I Want To _______,” which she created last year in her neighborhood in…

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Why Teach? or Why Do That Voodoo That You Do?

August 12, 2012

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Here’s a joke: Q: What are the three best reasons to teach? A: June, July and August! Hahahahahahahha… uhmm.. no, wait… That’s not really that funny… As a teacher (particularly as a extracurricular teacher, and most particularly as a high school Theatre teacher) I always love the inevitable question once my chosen profession has been […]