Wednesday, June 15, 2011

Hard News: Let's Learn This

In 2005, I read astonishingly high statistics on student dropout rates. Children were quitting school in large numbers as early as ninth grade, in large part because they thought they would never make it, never catch up, never be able to read and never succeed at algebra.

I could do absolutely nothing about helping with math, but determined I could do something about language arts.

In the six years I've had with The Shakespeare Club, I've witnessed even the meekest of children gain confidence as a passion for words and story were sparked.

"If I can do Shakespeare, can do anything!"

They stomp their feet and shout this claim because they believe it.

Read on:

Report: Why we need arts education (not only to improve test scores) (Valerie Strauss, The Answer Sheet)

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