Wednesday, July 13, 2005

Arts and NCLB

The Education Commission of the States (ECS) is holding its annual conference in Denver this week which will focus on the importance of the arts in education, a topic which is clearly not talked about enough in today's education conversations.

From the Rocky Mountain News:

The arts are seen as increasingly important, in part because subjects such as music and dance have the potential to develop the creativity that children need to succeed in a global economy, said Catherine Walker, the commission's communications director.

Creativity. Innovation. Imagination. All are indispensable to education. Kudos to the ECS for making this a focus.

But no education conference would be complete without a little NCLB love. On hand to assuage the fears of education analysts and policy makers everywhere will be Secretary Spellings:

Spellings will discuss states that have successfully raised student achievement and will talk about a "new, common-sense" approach to implementing No Child Left Behind.

I'll try to track down the text of her remarks later on in the week. She speaks tomorrow.

I wonder if anyone will ask her how she feels about the fact that the arts are increasingly crowded out of curricula and budgets as tests rise in importance as NCLB's mandates set in.

What would constitute a "new, common-sense" approach to that problem?


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