Thursday, June 24, 2010

Learning and Curiosity



CJ's statement and her piece (come see it in person on the corner of Dean and Westminster St!) illustrates better than I ever could in word and image why places like New Urban Arts need to exist.

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6 Comments:

Anonymous Beth said...

I have heard this kind of stories and sentiments so many times in books, but the image and the voice...

This is why we need to keep the arts alive. To communicate our experiences, not just some abstract concepts.

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Blogger Beth Allard said...

My old boss just posted this.

Somewhere between adorable and depressing/sobering.

Singer-songwriter Tom Chapin, who grew up in the NYC public schools, worries about the potential long-term consequences for students in cases where testing requirements drive school curriculum.

Thinking’s important. It’s good to know how.
And someday you’ll learn to but someday’s not now.
Go on to sleep, now. You need your rest.
Don’t think about thinking. It’s not on the test.

Chapin reminds us of the importance of a well-rounded curriculum—including the arts—in educating students for a future that is sure to value imagination and creativity as critical capacities.

http://imaginationnow.wordpress.com/2010/07/15/not-on-the-test/

Makes you wonder if they are trying to close the achievement gap by just making school equally insufferable for everyone. (I'm not sure if I'm kidding)

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