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

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...]

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...]

Do the Arts Count in Education? How Policy can Bludgeon Practice

Here's my very first repost, the blog having originally appeared late last week:While I have misgivings about posting this blog during the traditionally quiet week before Labor Day, I just couldn't resist. I may repost it next week, just to make sure it isn't missed.This blog post is central to those who wonder how policy can have a direct effect on practice. In this particular case, it's a horribly depressing prime example.The New York City Department of Education released its School Progress Reports this week, which essentially consist of a … [Read more...]

NAEP Arts 2008, Part Three: The Chrome Standard?

NAEP is universally considered to be the "gold standard" for K-12 educational assessment. My good friend and colleague Lynne Munson, Executive Director of Common Core, has posted a an entry on her blog that compares the NAEP Arts Assessment 2008 with the NAEP math and reading tests. Lynne, a former deputy director of the National Endowment for the Humanities, and author of Exhibitionism: Art in the Era of Intolerance, concludes that the arts assessment is a far cry from what we all know as the gold standard in reading and math.It would be fair … [Read more...]

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