The Answer Sheet: Arts Education

Posted at 02:00 PM ET, 01/09/2011

Banned student play will go on!

A student-written play about school reform in New York that was banned by two school principals because it was critical of former chancellor Joel Klein will now be allowed to be performed.

By Valerie Strauss  |  02:00 PM ET, 01/09/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 05:00 AM ET, 12/30/2010

Learning the French Revolution with Lady Gaga: Teachers sing history lessons

Imagine learning about the French Revolution through a rewritten version of Lady Gaga’s “Bad Romance.”

By Valerie Strauss  |  05:00 AM ET, 12/30/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 09:11 AM ET, 12/26/2010

How the banned student play was created

Here's an account of how a student play about school reform that was banned was created and how the students reacted when they learned they could not perform it at their school.

By Valerie Strauss  |  09:11 AM ET, 12/26/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 06:00 AM ET, 10/09/2010

Shakespeare unseated as king of high school theater

William Shakespeare has been knocked off his throne as king of dramatic high school theater productions for the first time since an annual survey began in 1937 -- and you may be surprised by who overtook him. Dramatics magazine has...

By Valerie Strauss  |  06:00 AM ET, 10/09/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 09:30 AM ET, 07/07/2010

The value of arts education: A video

Here is a 14-minute film that does a great job detailing the impact of arts education on the development of children’s cognitive, artistic, social and psychological development.

By Valerie Strauss  |  09:30 AM ET, 07/07/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 06:30 AM ET, 11/23/2009

Willingham: Six practical reasons arts education is more than a luxury

By Daniel William. Researchers gathering to discuss the effect that arts education has on the brain reveal why Americans should stop viewing it as a luxury.

By Valerie Strauss  |  06:30 AM ET, 11/23/2009 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 11:46 AM ET, 11/11/2009

Zac Efron talks about education, cheating in school

Here is another in an occasional series of conversations about education I am having with people from different walks of life.... Zac Efron: "The conscious decision not to go to college was the toughest decision I have ever had to make.

By Valerie Strauss  |  11:46 AM ET, 11/11/2009 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 06:30 AM ET, 10/28/2009

Should student drama productions be restricted to PG themes?

You would think people have better things to fight about, but across the nation people are arguing--and even going to court--over high school plays. Yes, the drama productions that high school kids stage for other high school kids.

By Valerie Strauss  |  06:30 AM ET, 10/28/2009 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)