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Megan Fox and Brian Austin Green Fight Cuts to Cali Education Budget

I've seen a lot of advocacy videos, but not one like this. It's hard hitting, direct, has a sense of humor, and has the current it girl: Megan Fox. And as of the writing of this blog, almost 250,000 people have viewed it on YouTube...It's certainly worth a look, even if it's not specifically about the arts...Click here to view Hot for Teachers with Megan Fox and Brian Austin Green. … [Read more...]

The Joe McCarthy of Art Education

Apologies first, to all those who love Joe McCarthy. He still has a big following in certain political circles. First it was an attack earlier this year on Maxine Greene and now it's an editorial that appeared in the Wall Street Journal: The Political Assault on Art Education, both by Michelle Marder Kamhi. A brief excerpt:  Ms. Desai is part of a growing movement of art education professors and others who think that the primary aim of art education should be to achieve what they view as "social justice." Their influence is evident in the … [Read more...]

Guest Blogger, Ted Wiprud: From the UNESCO Arts Education Conference, Part IV

UNESCO Second World Conference on Arts Education in Seoul Blog 4 Theodore Wiprud June 22, 2010 I wasn't sure why the composer Hi Kyung Kim was keynoter for the second day of the UNESCO 2nd World Conference on Arts Education - a day devoted to "Advocacy: Outreach to socio-cultural values." She talked about artistic dialogue between cultures, but what did she have to say about education, advocacy, outreach? On reflection: plenty. It was almost a parable of effective arts education. Ms. Kim outlined a series of compositional projects and … [Read more...]

A Win for Arts Education Advocates in Los Angeles

Or better yet, a big win for the children in LAUSD. Thanks to a campaign spearheaded by Arts for LA, and perhaps best personified by this full page ad in the Los Angeles Times, the LAUSD school board decided to reduce the level of proposed cuts to elementary arts education teachers by one-third, rather than by half.Did they ruffles some feathers: of course, this from the LA Times: Blume reports that the advertisement angered school board member Steve Zimmer, among others, because many civic leaders, including some who signed last week's arts … [Read more...]

Church Leaders Raise Concerns Over Obama Education Agenda

An Alternative Vision for Public Education--A Patoral Letter on Federal Policy in Public Education: An Ecumenical Call for Justice, by the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the USA. This is one pretty great letter and I would urge you to read it. Here are a few "choice" excerpts: Not only has the language of the marketplace entered discussions of school governance and management, but we also notice that the language of business accountability is used to talk about education, a human endeavor of caring. The primary mechanism of the … [Read more...]

Connecticut Bolsters Graduation Requirements for the Arts

Dewey21C was pretty quiet last week. It happens, what can I say?With all the end of the fiscal year work to be put to bed, this will be my first post in over a week. But hey, it's a good one! As part of a comprehensive education "reform" bill signed into law by Connecticut Governor Jody Rell, additional credits are now required for graduation, including one credit of arts. In addition, the one credit humanities elective can be satisfied by an arts program, and even the STEM credit can be satisfied through things like music technology. A lot of … [Read more...]

Dance Teacher Magazine Feature on Jody Arnhold

There are those among us, who somehow manage to do it all. I can never quite figure out how they manage it, but they do. Jody Arnhold is all that: master teacher, builder of organizations, board leader, patron, community leader, friend, advocate, and all around great lady.Dance Teacher Magazine had a cover feature on Jody in its May edition. Click here to read:The Visionary."I think that every child deserves an arts education, and I'd like to see that dance is first," Arnhold says. "Imagine what the culture would be if we raise generations of … [Read more...]

What is Happenning to Music Education in the Detroit Public Schools??

I had a blog entry last December about cuts to music in the Detroit Public SchoolsAlong comes this very thoughtful and thorough piece about DPS and its new approach to music education via a piece by George Shirley that was published this week in NewMusicBox.org.Music Education in Detroit's Public Schools: The Struggle to Survive, give you the not pretty picture. Shirley, the first African American ever appointed to a music teaching position in DPS,  has been leading a campaign to fight the terrible cuts to music and arts education in the … [Read more...]

Jack Beeson, American Composer, RIP

There it was staring me in the face: Jack Beeson had died. I saw it when I clicked over to NewMusicBox.org. I had just seen Jack at the American Music Center awards barely a month ago, and so it goes.There is very fine obituary by Tony Tommasini that appeared in today's New York Times.I had the great good fortune of getting to know Jack Beeson early on in my tenure at the American Music Center. He was someone whom had been closely associated with the AMC for many, many years and had loved the organization. Right from my earliest days as … [Read more...]

Guest Blogger, Ted Wiprud: From the UNESCO International Arts Education Conference, Part III

UNESCO Second World Conference on Arts Education in Seoul Theodore Wiprud June 6, 2010 I was particularly looking forward to the UNESCO conference roundtable on research in arts education - specifically titled "Supporting the Practical Use of Researches: Suggestions to Enhance Practicality and Reliability of Arts Education Researches." What transpired was intriguing in ways I'd never imagined. The speakers came from Cuba, Austria, Germany, Zimbabwe, France, and Australia, with a moderator (Dan Baron Cohen) from Wales by way of Brazil. Their … [Read more...]

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