This year there are moments when I'm lost and miserable and struggling with what it means to be an inner-city teacher. For the first time I'd started to wonder if I can go on teaching in the school I love but which is struggling against immense forces it can't control. Had I lost my calling?
When my son was in the fourth grade, his class did a short version of Romeo and Juliet. I don't know why that play was decided on for the fourth grade, but I believe his teacher was a romantic and liked the idea of little kids acting out this play of love and glory.
It's easy and tempting to blame teachers or unions or professors for the problems in education, but the reality is that here -- as in the political institutions about which we so passionately complain -- we get what we deserve, or rather, we get the natural result of the choices we make.
There is a reason that every graphic software has "brush" tools: it is because technology is trying very, very hard to emulate the subtlety of expression that only a physical brush applied a human hand to actual materials can truly offer.
The bottom line is that children who have more arts education do better in school and in life. Significantly, the correlation happens to be strongest for low-income youth, the students most often failed by our schools.
I can't help but wonder how many children are denied music education in America, either because it is unavailable, unaffordable or they are determined unworthy. It is both an injustice to our children and a threat to our future.
Only when we see and hear people who are now in medicine, finance, film making, technology, and public service, who continue to find lasting significance in their liberal arts education, will we come to understand where true value lies.
Fine arts deans know that merging art and science, having more interdisciplinary and project-based learning, ushering in a whole new curriculum and a having truly creative community are essential to America's future.
Mitt Romney's comment in the first presidential debate about defunding Big Bird was the fodder for lots of jokes, but it has more serious implications, not just for public funding for the arts, but for the future of America's global competitiveness.
The AutoRap app has the capacity to take anything that can be spoken and create patterns that are stretched into a rhtyhmic grid. Could the integration of AutoRap revolutionize basic learning, audio and cognitive skills as well as increase GPAs across the board?
Martin E. Segal, a legendary advocate of the arts in New York City, died on August 5th at the age of 96. What demonstrated his commitment to the arts perhaps more than anything else was his founding of the New York International Festival of the Arts.
"Stand for something or you will fall for anything," is one of my favorite quotes. What are the alternatives for the youth who are on the same path because we are not paying attention or caring enough to reach them?
Following in the footsteps of the original jazz ambassadors Dizzy Gillespie, Louis Armstrong and David Brubeck, dozens of American musicians travel abroad each year on behalf of the U.S. Department of State as "Arts Envoys."