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Federal K-12 Arts Ed Funding on the Chopping Block Again

In case you missed  it, on September 29th, in Ed Week's Curriculum Matters blog was this article: STEM Ed. Among Cuts Sought in Draft House Budget Plan. The House is at it again, proposing the zeroing out of K-12 arts education at the USDOE, as well as a host of other vital programs, including the Mathematics and Science Partnerships, and the Teaching American History grants. At the same time: The House plan does propose increases in at least a few areas. For example, it would raise spending on the Title I program for disadvantaged … [Read more...]

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...]

A Shot To The Foot: How The Arts Ed Field Can Be Its Own Worst Enemy

I have been meaning to write about this these two horribly disappointing Opininator posts in The New York Times: Beyond Baby Mozart, Students Who Rock, by David Bornstein Rock is Not The Enemy, by David Bornstein For about as long as I have been in this field, which is longer than I would now like to admit, I have witnessed the unfortunate tendency for us to shoot ourselves in the foot. It could be the arguments of discipline-based versus integration, it could be residencies versus field trips, aesthetic versus creative, blah, blah, … [Read more...]

Guest Blog, Jane Remer: A Paradox, A Paradox, A Most Ingenious Paradox –The Common Core of State Standards and The Untamable Core of the American Class System

Jane Remer’s CliffNotes: September 29, 2011 “A Paradox, A Paradox, a Most Ingenious Paradox” (Pirates of Penzance/Gilbert and Sullivan), The Common Core of (Voluntary) State Standards and the Untamable Core of the American Class System. The 21st Century is young, but it’s clearly becoming a paradox. The now developing Common Core meticulously charts the paths and spirals (but not the contents) for English Language Arts and Math, K-12. Many states are engaged in developing assessments (process and implementation, not content) aligned to … [Read more...]

A Favorite Arts Ed Video: The Mural Project at JHS256

I have always been fond of project-based learning. And this mural project is one true exemplar. The opportunities for many to be engaged in a multi-year arts project, that combines youth development, art, music, history, social studies, literacy, and more. Not to mention, it's a stunning work. Click on over to this YouTube video, and pass the link along to your friends. A Mural of Mythic Proportions … [Read more...]

Federal USDOE Arts Education Funding Cut, but Not Eliminated

There are many people across the country who have been waiting on tenterhooks to find out whether or not arts education funding at the United States Department of Education would be zeroed out. It includes funding for the Kennedy Center, VSA Arts, and the competitive grant programs: Arts Education Model Development and Dissemination and Professional Development for Arts Education.I am very happy to report that the $25 million that the Senate had proposed, which is a cut from $40 million, is in the budget agreement. A lot of people dug in to … [Read more...]

A Interesting Conference Session on Arts Education and Equity

For anyone attending WNET's The Celebration of Teaching and Learning, tomorrow through Saturday, at The New York Hilton, I hope you will consider stopping by.I mean, how often do you get a rising star principal, a teachers union leader, and a member of the governing board for state education policy in one room together talking about arts education? A WELL-ROUNDED EDUCATION IN THE AGE OF HIGH STAKES ACCOUNTABILITY - IS THERE REALLY TIME AND SPACE FOR THE ARTS? March 19th, 8:30-9:45 am, New York Hilton   School leaders face greater pressure … [Read more...]

Education Secretary Duncan Urges School Leaders to Go Easy on Arts Ed Cuts

Last week Secretary of Education Arne Duncan sent a letter and three policy letters to the Governors:Key Policy Letters to The Governors, March 3, 2011What you will find most interesting comes from the document Smart Ideas to Increase Educational Productivity and Student Achievement: First, Do No HarmChanges or cuts to education budgets, especially during periods of fiscal austerity, carry risks of unintended consequences.  Governors, policymakers, and educators can:   ü  Avoid short-sighted cost-cutting.  Efforts … [Read more...]

Death Panels for The Arts and Education?

Yesterday President Obama signed into law the stopgap spending bill that severely cut into education funding, including eliminating funding for the United States Department of Education's arts education programs.Here's a little list of some of the cuts:Tweet Arts in Education--$40 millionNational Writing Project--$25.6 millionTeach for America--$18 millionReading is Fundamental--$24.8 millionNational Board for Professional Teaching Standards--$10.7 millionNew Leaders for New Schools--$5 millionWe the People--$21.6 millionClose Up … [Read more...]

To Have and Have Not: Arts Education in American Public Schools

Before I start this entry, will everyone join me in wishing Jane Remer a VERY HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!!************************************************************************************************************A couple of years ago I was attending a conference on arts education,convened by the United States Department of Education for its AEMDD and Professional Development grantees. One of the panel sessions involved arts education and trauma. In this particular case there were two presentations, one by Echo Olander, Executive Director of Kidsmart in … [Read more...]

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