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  1. ktaylorknight
    Sep 04, 2011 @ 10:22:28

    Your blog is such an inspiration to my work. Thank you Stuart!


  2. Roy A. Ackerman, Ph.D., E.A. @Cerebrations.biz
    Sep 04, 2011 @ 11:21:17

    So, let me share what one local school has been doing here in Alexandria. The MacArthur Elementary School (http://www.acps.k12.va.us/macarthur/) has an active after school program. All kinds of things that would be great to have in class, but don’t meet the testing curricula that have been foisted upon them. (This has been going on LONG before NCLB, but it’s worse now.) And, things the school district and the city council don’t put into the budget.
    And, to insure that ALL children can benefit, the costs for each program are inflated by $X. That means there is money for scholarships for those kids whose parents run our of month before they run out of money.
    Why isn’t your school doing the same? It’s up to you…


  3. Karen Pokras Toz
    Sep 04, 2011 @ 12:14:36

    I couldn’t agree more – our district is going through major budget cuts right now & thankfully, they are preserving the arts – such an important part of our children’s day.


  4. It's OK to be WEIRD!
    Sep 04, 2011 @ 15:43:04

    We have been fortunate enough to have had an Integrated Fine Arts option in the 2 school districts (Abbotsford, BC with their A.S.I.A. program and now in Lethbridge in the Cahtolic Public School System) we have had our children enrolled in. Our middle son is an artist, through and through, and having the arts integrated in his core curriculum has helped him to soar through his less favorite subjects (math, social studies, etc.). Using drama, sculpture, painting, drawing, music, etc., in nearly EVERY aspect of every subject really does allow all kinds of learning styles to truly absorb the information. I’m not sure how much more such programs cost, as they are just part of the public school systems here… but Definitely worth it in my opinion. I also have my other 2 children in French-Immersion schools, so again, there are benefits to that, and likely extra costs involved to provide those programs. I know we are blessed to be able to participate in such programs.


  5. Maegan
    Sep 04, 2011 @ 20:29:38

    As an OT with special ed students and a musician who learned the violin in public school I have seen the value of music and art first hand. It is anathema to me that in the quest to improve performance the system sacrifices the tools that help develop the functioning and integration of perceptual systems. What are they thinking?
    Are they thinking? Or are they just reacting to numbers on a balance sheet totally out of context with the reality of the students?


  6. thesteamacademy
    Sep 05, 2011 @ 08:15:23



  7. Dangerous Linda
    Sep 11, 2011 @ 11:48:45

    I love the idea of integrating the arts with other teaching tasks. Creativity is at the root of true art — and creative thinking was lost from many school arts programs even before the art programs were cut because many art teachers were teaching cookie-cutter art classes.

    The financial squeeze on school arts programs may benefit us all in the end by forcing us to integrate art into education in a more powerful and practical way.

    I appreciate the resource listing and will refer to these links in contemplating the curriculum of my own K-12 art classes. Thank you!


    • bornstoryteller
      Sep 11, 2011 @ 12:25:04

      You’re welcome Danger. We do have to think of what still can be done instead of just moping on what should be: they are not going to listen “backwards”, if they even listen to forward thinking at all.


  8. Jennifer Little
    Sep 11, 2011 @ 17:21:26

    Hey Stu, it’s Jennifer Little. I’d love you to visit my blog… http://bit.ly/pTODDk … it has the prologue from my book, “Changing the Way We Think: Using Arts to Inspire, Empower & Change Your School” It focuses on secondary education but talks about what we’ve done in my district to integrate arts into the other areas and expanded our program to use arts to add value. I’d love to see what you think, as you are already a leading voice in this field. 🙂


    • bornstoryteller
      Sep 11, 2011 @ 20:06:13

      Hi Jennifer: Congrats on the Golden Bell Award and the book!!! I will read it later: have it saved, and I’ll leave you some comments. “Leading voice in this field”? Me? I’m A voice…not so sure about leading: but, thank you.


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  10. Janea
    Sep 13, 2011 @ 13:18:22

    As the director of a large drama outreach organization (serving a hundred schools in my area), I have spent years discussing this subject with administrators. The problem seems to be lack of funding for comprehensive training. Although I am regularly hired to train teachers or develop residency programs, it is usually a “one-shot” workshop, or a short residency (mostly funded by the PTA). While ANY arts integration is beneficial, it makes me sad to see this short-sightedness in action. In response, I did create a website that makes it very easy for any teacher to teach drama and/or integrate it into the classroom. I’m delighted to say that hundreds of individual teachers from all over the world are motivated to invite kids to learn in a more experiential way! I hear from one of them almost every day. –Janea


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