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SEC. DUNCAN PRAISES ARTS EDUCATION AS 'VITAL' INFUSION FOR TODAY'S SCHOOLS

Friday, March 02, 2012   (1 Comments)
Posted by: AATE
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Blog Links to AATE's Theatre in our Schools Month, Others


WASHINGTON, DC (3/2/2012) – Pointing to specific arts education programs for the first time, U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan applauded teaching artists and educators Monday in his official DOE blog post

"All of the arts – dance, music, theatre, and the visual arts – are essential to preparing our nation’s young people," he declared, connecting the dots between arts education and career-readiness skills in math, science, and humanities, "and for a social discourse that demands communication in images and sound as well as in text." 

He specifically pointed to March as Dance in the Schools Month, Music in Our Schools Month, Theatre in Our Schools Month, and Youth Art Month, linking each one with its sponsoring organization; e.g., the American Alliance for Theatre and Education (AATE), and others. 

Arts specialists – educators, administrators, and community advocates who collaborate with classroom teachers to integrate the arts with other core subjects – received special praise as "chief creative officers" for helping students reach high standards in the arts.

AATE's Theatre in our Schools Month, for example, has grown in importance and size each year as local arts advocates seek to have the month officially named by governors and local officials. Sec. Duncan's recognition, especially his acknowledgement that it is research-based, will go a long way toward reinforcing arts education's critical importance in students' lives and March as the official month for focusing a national spotlight on it.
 

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Cherolyn J. Laston says...
Posted Monday, April 30, 2012
This is wonderful, but do you ever feel your shoulders droop as you realize that you are one of the "choir" and you wish that this message would get to those in the world who most need to hear it? It is hard to remain positive when one is always in self-advocacy mode!

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