Veterans Day in Our Schools
Want to Think Better? Learn an Instrument.
Lower Macungie Middle School held a beautiful and moving Veteran’s Day program this morning. With the entire school assembled alongside dozens of veterans, the program included tributes to all veterans and their families by the school band, choir, individual students, and individual veterans. Sitting in the audience, the program was a poignant reminder of the […]
An End to Half-Day Wednesdays?
I attended the band and orchestra concert at LMMS last week. I was very impressed with how well all the kids did, many of whom have only been learning their instrument for a year or two. The value of a music education came through not only in their performance but also in the smiles and […]
Why Librarians are More Important Today than Ever Before
photo credit: photosteve101 via photopin cc When we moved to East Penn a number of years ago, my wife and I were shocked to learn that all elementary students are dismissed early every Wednesday of the school year. Both of us work outside the home, so this quirk of the district calendar sent us scrambling […]
photo credit: cindiann via photopin cc One of the ironies of the information revolution is that finding relevant and accurate information can be more difficult than ever before. We are in fact buried by news, blogs, Twitter feeds, and other internet content; magazines and newspapers and newsletters; 24-hour news channels in every time zone; and […]
Teachers as Professionals
Most of the food served in school cafeterias is abysmal. Students at LMMS, for example, are required to take a fruit for lunch each day, in the name of good nutrition. One of the options? Canned pears swimming in sugar syrup! And this example only scratches the surface. No wonder many kids […]
The Power of Art
My daughter began the yearly PSSAs today, and my son’s schedule was disrupted by the older kids taking them at Lincoln. This was on my mind as I read an interesting letter from a retiring teacher published in the Washington Post a few days ago. His overall point is that many troubling trends in public education– […]
Music and School Success
Trading security guards for art teachers? Evidence from a school in Boston that arts education improves student performance in ALL subjects (via a 4-minute video report): “Can painting improve your grades?”
CNN.com has a well-written piece today by a business schoolstudent discussing how educational programs in music aren’t just “extras,” but in fact teach the core lessons 21st-century students need: “Everything I need to know, I learned in music class”
An important reminder that defining a few mean words as “bullying” in school actually harms the cause of stopping true bullying: “Defining Bullying Down”