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Art and Education

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Summer Vacation

June 9th, 2011

School’s out!!  At least for many of us, that is.  So now that we have the summer before us, how will you use your time to revitalize your skills, amp up your creativity and advance your own arts learning?   As much …

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First Do No Harm

May 29th, 2011

While trying to take one step in the right direction, the state of California is taking ten steps back down the educational ladder. Assembly Bill 1330, currently in the legislature, would allow California high school students to substitute one year of vocational …

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More Colored Pencils Please

May 25th, 2011

At the end of every semester I ask my students to complete an evaluation sheet about the class; their challenges, favorite, least favorite projects, three things that they learned about themselves, etc. When they choose to complete it honestly, it provides a …

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The End of the Yellow Brick Road

May 17th, 2011

At the end of each school year I feel a little bit like the wizard from Frank Baum’s story, “The Wizard of Oz”. Not the “Great and Powerful” wizard, but the one who stepped from behind the curtain and helped each of …

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Alec Rocks

May 9th, 2011

Although we hear about the rantings of Charlie Sheen and his Adonis DNA, and the almost daily criminal behavior of Lindsey Lohan, we never seem to hear about celebrities who are doing good things.  Like Alec Baldwin, my new hero.  Alec Baldwin …

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The Unforgettable Mr. Thackery

May 4th, 2011

Today is National Teacher Appreciation Day.  Ironically, last evening the man who inspired my teaching career was honored at Lincoln Center for being the recipient of the 38th annual Charlie Chaplin award.  That man was Sidney Poitier- Mr. Thackery, better known as …

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Old School

April 20th, 2011

I happened to be in a colleague’s classroom the other day- actually less of a classroom and more of a makeshift black box mini theatre fashioned from a portable classroom.  I was looking at the stage design, created by his advanced class …

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Leaving No Child Behind

April 13th, 2011

Thanks to No Child Left Behind, the last week of my life was spent proctoring the California STAR (Standardized Testing and Reporting) test at my school site. The test is given to assess progress and academic achievement in the areas of math, …

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Fifteen Minutes of Fame

March 31st, 2011

“In the future, everyone will be famous for fifteen minutes.” Andy Warhol The above quote was made famous by the late celebrity Pop artist Andy Warhol.  Warhol, who had earned fame silkscreening Campbell’s soup cans and portraits of Marilyn Monroe, became fascinated …

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What Would You Save?

March 24th, 2011

In a conversation about great masterpieces, I was explaining to my students how some of the most priceless works of art are now on display behind bullet proof glass. They were shocked. “How is bullet proof glass going to prevent theft?” they …

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Rethinking “Free” Education

March 16th, 2011

I have come to the conclusion that the only way to true education reform is to remove the “free” from public education. In recent years I have had more and more students in my classroom who take the educational system in this …

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Can We Handle the Truth?

March 11th, 2011

We have received many responses to my blog regarding Pennsylvania teacher Natalie Munroe who was suspended from her job for complaining about her students on line.  While many of you shared her sentiments, almost all the responses indicated that she should have …

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On the Chopping Block

March 4th, 2011

On March 2, the United States government passed a stop gap funding measure for Fiscal Year 2011 to keep the government operational for another two weeks.  The legislation written to allow this measure cut four billion dollars in domestic spending including the …

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Who is at Fault?

February 21st, 2011

Last week Pennsylvania teacher Natalie Munroe was suspended from her job for calling her students “rude, lazy disengaged whiners” on her personal blog. The blog was intended for her own personal use, she did not name anyone specificly, nor did she identify …

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Making Do?

February 16th, 2011

It ‘s February, and a whole month of March (with no vacations) looms ahead. Three more months of school and for the first time in twenty nine years of teaching I have run out of supplies. I have no more colored construction …

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Is Free Education Really Free?

February 10th, 2011

Is a free education really free?  According to the American Civil Liberties Union in California, it had better be. Completely. In September 2010 the ACLU filed a lawsuit against the state of California on behalf “Jane Doe” and “Jason Roe”- fictional names …

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No Dumping Here

January 27th, 2011

“You must love teaching art.”  I hear all that phrase all the time.  Followed by, “At least the kids all want to be there.”  Not true, I want to scream.  I wish all the kids wanted to be in my class, but …

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Do No Harm

January 10th, 2011

First do no harm — a part of the Hippocratic corpus in the physicians oath taken by prospective doctors.  It should also be an oath sworn by prospective teachers, especially in this age of educational crisis.  With dwindling budgets, parents pushing for …

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AWOL

January 2nd, 2011

What is the sound of one hand clapping?  How about one hand blogging?  Being reduced to using only one hand due to a broken left wrist I have been unable to adequately submit blogs and articles — for which I sincerely apologize. …

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Google This

November 12th, 2010

Sometimes I think that the American news media likes to rub our noses in the recession.  They seem to go to great lengths to illustrate to ever widening gap between the haves and have-nots.  Case in point, this week’s coverage of Google’s …

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