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Art and Education

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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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International Mindedness

October 27th, 2010

Who in the world, historical figure or living person, best personifies your idea of international mindedness?  It was a question posed this past weekend during the visual arts workshop at the International Baccalaureate World Schools Program Conference.   The International Baccalaureate program or …

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National Arts and Humanities Month

October 12th, 2010

On October 1st, President Barack Obama proclaimed October as National Arts and Humanities month.  As the arts lose strength in the standardized assessment based curricula being adopted by public schools, Obama’s proclaimation gives credence and value to our discipline.  He sees the …

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Back to School Night

October 6th, 2010

This week we are supposed to be hosting our annual Back to School Night for the parents of the students that we teach. Past years have proven that in our district, Back to School Night is not a well attended venue. Parents …

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Money Talks

September 28th, 2010

This past week, Mark Zuckerberg, owner and founder of Facebook, donated $100 million dollars to the Newark New Jersey public school system.  A charitable act worthy of the Oprah show, the donation is a sizable portion of the Newark district’s entire yearly …

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More for Less

September 20th, 2010

As I search in vain for affordable airfare for my annual holiday trip home this year, I have noticed a disturbing trend in business: expect to get less, but pay more.  Alot more.  Airlines have started to charge for everything from checked …

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What Have We Learned?

September 13th, 2010

It has been nine years since the horror of Sept. 11 2001.  We have had nine years to grieve, contemplate and learn from the tragic incident, but have we? Captain Jason Dahl, who piloted United flight 93 which went down in Pennslyvania …

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Leading by Example

August 19th, 2010

A few weeks ago the Roundabout Theatre Company in New York City hosted a week long series of workshops for teachers. Throughout the year, Roundabout works with and in the New York City public schools to promote arts education in the school …

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Dress Code

July 26th, 2010

I was talking with a friend of mine this morning about the sad state of education these days and the conversational content included a concept that might be a bit touchy for teachers these days.  Dress.  Not student dress, but teacher dress.  …

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A Day at the Studio

July 15th, 2010

This summer I am teaching a program at my studio which incorporates arts and academics.  The students, ages six through twelve, experience a rich curriculum of social studies, science, language arts and math- all taught through experiential learning and the arts. This …

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Summer Advice

July 4th, 2010

Is it midway into summer vacation already? Even though the days are longer and lazier, the summer seems to slip right by us. All the best laid plans of reading all those books and articles that we just can’t seem to get …

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Crayons or condoms?

June 24th, 2010

I heard today on the news that starting in the fall, Provincetown Massachusetts will enact a policy in their schools allowing for the distribution of condoms to elementary age students.  According to the policy, students as young as first graders will be …

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Summer Vacation

June 14th, 2010

Only  a few days into summer vacation and already the thought of school is far behind!  The frenzy that is the last few weeks of school can leave educators drained and empty, so the summer is not just a respite from teaching, …

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Paying for Education

June 10th, 2010

With only two days of the school year left, I look back on what has been the hardest year in my educational career.  Larger classes, less money, higher stress levels.  Next year is slated to be even worse with the addition of …

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An Ideal World

June 2nd, 2010

In an ideal world students would have a comprehensive list of electives to choose from to complete their high school elective requirements.  But in our world, here in California, the choice for electives continues to dwindle due to financial inadequacies.  Program improvement …

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Lawsuit

May 24th, 2010

This week in Alameda County court, a historic lawsuit was filed against the state of California declaring that the current educational finance system is broken and unconstitutional. Maya Robles-Wong v the State of California includes nine school districts, the California State PTA, the …

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Passing on our Problems

May 17th, 2010

I was at a meeting this week for a student with serious behavior issues and learning disabilities.  The meeting was being held to determine whether or not his handicaps were the reason for the ten disciplinary suspensions that he incurred over the …

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Ideal Art Classroom

May 11th, 2010

At our last meeting for art department chairs from high schools in our district, we were presented with an outline of the “ideal art classroom”. Generated by someone at the district office, the list contained every piece of technology known to man …

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The Same Government?

March 24th, 2010

I was having dinner with some friends the other night and was listening to one of them tell us a story about a close call that he had with a rental car a few years back.  A minor detail in the story …

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Long Overdue

March 16th, 2010

Secretary of Education Arne Duncan revealed plans today to overhaul the long abhorred  No Child Left Behind legislation.  Apparently this new administration believes that students should be “well rounded”.  YA THINK???????  Did it take ten years and two Secretaries of Education to figure that …

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