If We’re Not At the Table, We’re On the Menu: Will the Arts Survive This Time as Education in Our Schools?

Arts Journal’s Guest Blog, Jane Remer at the Face to Face Conference at the Frank Sinatra School of the Arts in Queens: If We’re Not At the Table, We’re On the Menu: Will the Arts Survive This Time as Education in Our Schools?

We had several guiding questions that boiled down to what concrete actions we might take to secure a place for the arts in the general curriculum. I focus here on only one aspect of our discussion: the table.

Richard Kessler (The Center for Arts Education) stressed the importance of being at the table when and where the arts, teaching and learning are at stake. Hollis Headrick (former CAE director and current consultant) reinforced Kessler’s point with the witticism in this blog’s title — if we’re not out there making the irrefutable case for the arts for all the kids, we’ll be “eaten alive.” Kyle Haver (Associate Director of Leadership and Organizational Learning, NYC Dept. of Education) suggested we seize the opportunity to develop specific steps and a strategy to connect the arts as content and context to the ELA and other subject areas in the Common Core State Standards.  a few weeks ago, some of my colleagues and I engaged in a panel presentation and discussion with an attentive and thoughtful audience. We had several guiding questions that boiled down to what concrete actions we might take to secure a place for the arts in the general curriculum. I focus here on only one aspect of our discussion: the table. 

Jane Remer’s Cliff Notes: March 10, 2011 Read full article here:  

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