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Director, Antioch Center for School Renewal

As a former theatre teacher,

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As a former theatre teacher, I love anything that allows us to pull from different parts of our students' experiences and passion. Combining these things just makes sense. Thanks for sharing this!

Director, Antioch Center for School Renewal

I didn't know that! Thanks

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I didn't know that! Thanks for the quick education. I'd always wondered what the difference was between raising a question and begging a question!

Art Teacher grades Preschool - 8

I wish we could go back to

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I wish we could go back to the days when the arts were taught in school because they are valuable in and of themselves. That is how I became turned on to visual art, music and theater. Clearly, there are few schools that can operate this way today, and while I am disgusted with that fact, I am hopeful that by tying the arts to the Common Core Standards and scientific research on learning, instead of fighting the tide, that the resurgence of arts education will continue to grow.

Courtney, great blog post. I would love to do what you are doing using the visual arts. I am a big believer that children should not have to feel that they have to be "good" at art in order to do it, so I create experiences that, while challenging, are enjoyable, promote creativity and learning, plus allow every child to succeed. I feel that if these kinds of arts experiences were offered in schools, then many more children would enjoy arts classes and benefit from them.

I apologize for being

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I apologize for being pedantic but the issue below is something people get wrong so often and the purpose of this site is education.

"In the 21st century, we are living in a creative society and economy rather than an industrial one, which begs the questions:"

{ "Begging the question" is a form of logical fallacy in which a statement or claim is assumed to be true without evidence other than the statement or claim itself. When one begs the question, the initial assumption of a statement is treated as already proven without any logic to show why the statement is true in the first place. } -- http://begthequestion.info/

People often (as in this case) use "begs the question" to mean "raises the question".

Education Specialist

" I believe that the

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" I believe that the performing arts can inspire all learners to invest in their own learning." Why do you feel the need to go any further, implicitly denying that learning the arts is in and of itself valuable, arguably more valuable than any CCSS? It may in fact be time to turn the tables and ask CCSS advocates how these standards support the more significant learning which occurs in the arts? English and Math instruction which does not foster creativity and student self-esteem may not be worthy of a student's time. Let's stop feeling we have to ground support for the arts in the shroud of "academics" in a day and age of the internet wherein any student can pull up a TedX and receive core academic instruction any time of any day, the arts on the other hand may be best facilitated by the passion of an instructor.

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