The Arts Saves Education

View previous topic View next topic Go down

The Arts Saves Education

Post by halfwise on Thu May 02, 2013 12:05 am

Just saw this on the national news broadcast, can't find a print version. But it says so much.

A High School in the deteriorating town of Roxbury Massachussetts was beset by violence, the school had gone security to the max, and felt like a prison. Nothing seemed to work, and the school had 5 principals in 7 years, with nearly half the teachers leaving each year.

but principal #6 had a bold idea: he removed the security apparatus entirely and plowed the money into performing and visual arts programs. When he started people told him he had just killed his career; they couldn't have been more wrong. The turnaround was immediate - violence went down, student performance in academics sky rocketed. Within a few years it became one of the best schools in the state.

Need I even comment?

_________________
Halfwise, son of Halfwit. Brother of Nitwit, son of Halfwit. Half brother of Figwit.
Then it gets complicated...
avatar
halfwise
Quintessence of Burrahobbitry

Posts : 13186
Join date : 2012-02-01
Location : rustic broom closet in farthing of Manhattan

Back to top Go down

Re: The Arts Saves Education

Post by azriel on Thu May 02, 2013 12:14 am

Mind you, that was a brave step on his part ! He must be very dedicated to his principles & beliefs. Goes to show, that if you treat people AS people & try to find & tap into a creative vent, you'll get good results. Caging people just demoralizes you, even into depression or despair. Well done him !

_________________
"All we have to decide is what to do with the time that is given to us. It's the job that's never started as takes longest to finish.”
"There are far, far, better things ahead than any we can leave behind"
If you always do what you have always done, you will always get what you always got



avatar
azriel
Grumpy cat, rub my tummy, hear me purr

Posts : 12872
Join date : 2012-10-07
Age : 58
Location : in a galaxy, far,far away, deep in my own imagination.

Back to top Go down

Re: The Arts Saves Education

Post by CC12 35 on Thu May 02, 2013 1:03 am

love the orchard gadens story with the Arts!!! Love, love, love; make education inspirational, NOT institutional, NOT a prison

_________________
it's not that serious Caroline
avatar
CC12 35
Gypsy gal, the hands of Harlem

Posts : 3086
Join date : 2012-10-27

Back to top Go down

Re: The Arts Saves Education

Post by halfwise on Thu May 02, 2013 1:41 am

Yes, it brightened my day, and I'm so glad it was on national news. Hopefully the right people will see it and it will spread. When budgets get tight usually the first thing to get cut is the arts.

_________________
Halfwise, son of Halfwit. Brother of Nitwit, son of Halfwit. Half brother of Figwit.
Then it gets complicated...
avatar
halfwise
Quintessence of Burrahobbitry

Posts : 13186
Join date : 2012-02-01
Location : rustic broom closet in farthing of Manhattan

Back to top Go down

Re: The Arts Saves Education

Post by CC12 35 on Fri Jul 05, 2013 1:38 am

8yo girl in art class i'm assisting with is saving up £120 to buy a sewing machine so she can sew clothes for homeless

_________________
it's not that serious Caroline
avatar
CC12 35
Gypsy gal, the hands of Harlem

Posts : 3086
Join date : 2012-10-27

Back to top Go down

Re: The Arts Saves Education

Post by Orwell on Fri Jul 05, 2013 3:32 am

Not being a Teacher, I know all the answers. (My Missus is a Teacher and so, obviously, knows little about what works, educationally speaking!Very Happy )

My thought is, (and you'll no doubt agree with me if you're a sporty jock like me), if kids love sport, then get them playing at least half the day, with breaks every half hour or so to do things like learning game rules, how to score (using mathematics to calculate sums and stats), learning how to Umpire, write down strategies, learn about great sporting champions, great sporting moments, write a poem about great sporting moments, or a story about them and how they imagined becoming champions and visualized how to become campions, and read books about other champions and their lives (which wasn't all sport and may have included philosophy), painta opicture of a great moment (abstract too, if you want)... etc. etc. ....to foster a broad Education. Very Happy If you're artsy fartsy (like me) then you could tackle education through artsy fartsy stuff (at least half the day) like that Principal of yours Halfy. Easy peasy, what! Good Teachers engage kids - meet them where the kid's at - and they become sponges (and have little time for boredom or distractions). An engaging Principal, that's what he was! Here to help! Very Happy(Do I sound a bit like Rudolf Steiner? Not sure... Suspect)

_________________
"Skirts!" cried our respectable Master Odo. "Skirts! And they have the temerity to call them 'kilts'.... Eru darn my socks!"

From "The True Tale of the Un-magical Coal Scuttle."
avatar
Orwell
Dark Presence with Gilt Edge

Posts : 8567
Join date : 2011-05-24
Age : 99
Location : Ozhobbitstan

Back to top Go down

Re: The Arts Saves Education

Post by Mrs Figg on Fri Jul 05, 2013 10:08 am

I hated sport at school.

_________________
avatar
Mrs Figg
Eel Wrangler from Bree

Posts : 21902
Join date : 2011-10-06
Age : 87
Location : Holding The Door

Back to top Go down

Re: The Arts Saves Education

Post by halfwise on Fri Jul 05, 2013 11:58 am

I once heard the famous physicist Freeman Dyson speak about education. He noted that the period when England ruled the world of intellect - producing Newton, Maxwell, Darwin, and whole slew of writers - was also the period when by our standards the educational curriculum was horrendous. Nothing but Latin and Greek and rhetoric, with a little compass and straightedge thrown in.

Having gone through the system himself, he had a theory. You see, the students hated the classical curriculum. But there was a library. Purely out of rebellion they would break into the library and discover all this wondrous stuff: physics and calculus and chemistry and modern literature and art theory. It became their playground, they owned this stuff.

So that was his theory of education: have the teachers concentrate hard on useless information. Have them beat you for it. Let the students discover the real stuff on their own, and they would treasure it and learn at their own pace and naturally follow their best inclinations.

_________________
Halfwise, son of Halfwit. Brother of Nitwit, son of Halfwit. Half brother of Figwit.
Then it gets complicated...
avatar
halfwise
Quintessence of Burrahobbitry

Posts : 13186
Join date : 2012-02-01
Location : rustic broom closet in farthing of Manhattan

Back to top Go down

Re: The Arts Saves Education

Post by Eldorion on Fri Jul 05, 2013 4:37 pm

That's an interesting thought. My initial eaction though is that while that might work for the Newtons, Maxwells, and Darwins of the world, but education has to be concerned with more than just the very top-tier (though it shouldn't take them for granted either).  And England is no intellectual slouch these days either, it's just that it's no longer a global hegemon so it doesn't rule any worlds (literal or figurative) anymore.
avatar
Eldorion
You're Gonna Carry That Weight

Posts : 22717
Join date : 2011-02-13
Age : 23
Location : Maryland, United States

http://nolondil.tumblr.com/essays

Back to top Go down

Re: The Arts Saves Education

Post by Norc on Fri Jul 05, 2013 7:30 pm

Interesting ...
avatar
Norc
Khaleesi

Posts : 18961
Join date : 2011-12-21
Age : 23

http://nimrail.deviantart.com

Back to top Go down

Re: The Arts Saves Education

Post by CC12 35 on Fri Jul 05, 2013 8:20 pm

Stop misusing grammar Nora!

_________________
it's not that serious Caroline
avatar
CC12 35
Gypsy gal, the hands of Harlem

Posts : 3086
Join date : 2012-10-27

Back to top Go down

Re: The Arts Saves Education

Post by CC12 35 on Fri Jul 05, 2013 8:22 pm

should b 4 periods there

_________________
it's not that serious Caroline
avatar
CC12 35
Gypsy gal, the hands of Harlem

Posts : 3086
Join date : 2012-10-27

Back to top Go down

Re: The Arts Saves Education

Post by Eldorion on Fri Jul 05, 2013 8:27 pm

I thought I was the only person who ever noticed the number of ellipses.
avatar
Eldorion
You're Gonna Carry That Weight

Posts : 22717
Join date : 2011-02-13
Age : 23
Location : Maryland, United States

http://nolondil.tumblr.com/essays

Back to top Go down

Re: The Arts Saves Education

Post by CC12 35 on Fri Jul 05, 2013 8:28 pm

#universityundergradbitch

_________________
it's not that serious Caroline
avatar
CC12 35
Gypsy gal, the hands of Harlem

Posts : 3086
Join date : 2012-10-27

Back to top Go down

View previous topic View next topic Back to top

- Similar topics

 
Permissions in this forum:
You cannot reply to topics in this forum