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Guest Blog, Nick Rabkin: The Three Horsemen of Arts Education

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It makes me happy to welcome back my good pal Nick Rabkin to Dewey21c.  --RK The Three Horsemen of Arts Education by Nick Rabkin       I’ve done research on teaching artists for the last three years—from Boston to San Diego—at NORC at the University of Chicago.  (My report is available for download at NORC’s website.)  The creativity, commitment, and accomplishment of many, many TAs has impressed me, and I’ve been encouraged by growing efforts in many communities to develop arts education more … [Read more...]

Batuta — Columbia’s El Sistema. An Essay by Eric Booth and Tricia Tunstall

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As I write, I am staring out the window on the 7:00 Acela heading to DC from New York Penn Station. I have a board meeting of Common Core, for which I am board treasurer. What was a sunny day in New York, has turned into a deep fog. The train moves through the fog like a bullet through space. Oh, and let me make a plug for the upcoming report by Common Core on the narrowing of the curriculum. Salon.com recently published a nice little feature. Fortunately, there is no fog to be pierced in Eric Booth and Tricia Tunstall's essay Batuta, the … [Read more...]

The Lost (Arts Education) Paragraphs of Arne Duncan

For those who may have missed this particular topic when I blogged about it on Dewey21C, it has returned in a slightly reworked version on The Huffington Post:Click here to read The Lost Paragraphs of Arne Duncan … [Read more...]

Arts Education and the USDOE i3: Who, What, and How Much Requested

As an quick update: this just in via email from the USDOE i3 Team: Thank you for your participation in the Investing in Innovation (i3) program and for your efforts to improve public education. The U.S. Department of Education (Department) received nearly 1,700 applications for the i3 competition. We are pleased to share that we will announce the names of the highest-rated applicants on August 5, 2010. At that time, we will post a press release on the Department's Web site, as well as share further guidance on the required 20 percent … [Read more...]

NYS Assembly Member Files Appeal to Force NYC to Meet State Law on Music Education

It's a savvy approach to a long-term problem: the New York City Public Schools do not provide the minimum levels of music (and arts) education required by the State of New York. Assembly Member Alan Maisel, acting on behalf of the Music Educator's Association of New York, filed an appeal with David Steiner, Education Commissioner, asking that the the issue be taken over by the State, whereby the State would impose a "corrective action plan," to be monitored by an entity outside of the Mayor or the New York City Department of Education.And of … [Read more...]

The Lost Paragraphs from Arne Duncan’s Arts Education Speech at AEP

Well, by lost, I mean if I could wave a magic wand, this is what he would have added...Let me start from the beginning. As most of you know, last Friday at the Arts Education Partnership (AEP) Forum  held in DC, both Arne Duncan, Secretary of Education and Rocco Landesman, Chairman, National Endowment for the Arts gave speeches on arts education.If you didn't know, humm, perhaps you've been traveling abroad?I would like to focus this entry on Duncan. Although I will say that most people are pretty happy with Landesman's speech. For a first … [Read more...]

Key K-12 Arts Education Legislation Derailed in Colorado

This legislation wasn't asking for much, compared to what many states have on the books. Nevertheless, it got quite the bum's rush by the Colorado School Boards Association, in particular. Click here to read: Critics Pan Arts Education Mandate Merrifield, a retired music teacher, is chair of the House Education Committee and is serving his last term. He's long been a critic of the shrinking amounts of time and money schools are able to devote to the arts and other parts of a well-rounded curriculum. As Merrifield originally unveiled the bill, … [Read more...]

A Rapidly Growing Concern about Arts Education at the USDOE: Part Two

As part of the president's FY2011 budget request, the range of content and discipline-specific funding programs, including those for arts education, would be streamlined into three new categories: literacy, STEM, "what makes a well rounded education," where presumably arts education would be situated.This is a follow-up to my entry from last week: A Rapidly Growing Concern About Arts Education at the USDOE.So, essentially what would happen here is that many of the current discipline-specific programs, many of which receive line item funding … [Read more...]

College and Career Ready: A Possible Major Goal for the new NCLB

Oops, I did it again. NCLB is out! We're talking about the Elementary and Secondary Education Act. A front page piece appeared in today's Times about where ESEA is headed. Annual Yearly Progress (AYP), the engine of NCLB, appears to be heading for the hills, to be replaced by a broader measurement of progress, and a focus on "college and career readiness."The college and readiness piece is an interesting one, and would certainly be a major advance for ESEA. We've been hearing for quite some time now the concerns in higher education over those … [Read more...]

The American Teacher Magazine Cover Story on Arts Education

The American Teacher is the bi-monthly magazine published by the American Federation of Teachers. The February edition has a cover story on arts education in the United States. And it's quite a swell cover!Click here to read it. For some reason, there is this underlying element in the arts that makes you feel you have to justify what you're doing, says Karla Back, who teaches choral music and music history at St. James High School in St. James, Minn.It's high time that arts classes are considered to be core subjects. No more designation as … [Read more...]

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