A solid 21st-century learning agenda in the United States must move past either/or debates and put creativity at the center of children's learning and development in this digital age.
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Change begins by changing the perceived paradigms of art as being risky or wasteful to art as "goal directed play with the objective of creating and sharing meaning."
Thea struggled in school and felt uninspired by classes that focused too much on academics. Then, in her junior year, she discovered a new source of confidence and calm in art. A few months later, she was killed by a drunk driver.
At one Ohio school, teachers take a backseat, letting students drive hands-on classroom lessons.
Although the current national education dialogue ce...
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