The Right Brain Initiative (Manifesto)

The Right Brain Initiative, serving the Portland, Oregon metropolitan region, seeks to achieve a measurable impact on learning by integrating the community's arts and cultural resources into the education of every K-8 student in the region's school districts. This collaboration among artists, educators, parents, business...

There Is a Serious Flaw in College Admissions – John M. Eger

John M. Eger – Huffington Post

Lionel Van Deerlin Professor of Communications and Public Policy,
San Diego State University

Posted: 03/28/11 10:42 AM ET


Is who gets admitted to one of America’s coveted universities each year mostly a numbers process that is badly flawed? You are more likely to have success at LOTTO.

Depending on the college, admissions people like to think that they have set the bar at the right level to screen out only those applicants that meet the colleges’ requirements. Some look closely at the personal letter, if required, to find the young man or woman who offers the creativity the college demands, or the empathy or the passion. But this only comes after the combined scores are tailed and the cut offs are applied.

The truth is that most schools, particularly given the sheer number of applications, rely on GPA and SAT scores. According to the New York Times, Harvard received a record 27,278 applicants “for its next freshman class, a 19 percent increase over last year. Other campuses reporting double-digit increases included the University of Chicago (18 percent), Amherst College (17 percent), Northwestern (14 percent) and Dartmouth (10 percent).”

The problem is that GPAs vary school to school. The SAT, formerly known as the Scholastic Aptitude Test, is a standardized test for college admissions in the United States. It doesn’t vary as much, but is increasingly being discounted by colleges because, many critics have accused, has a cultural bias toward the white and wealthy kids.

[+a]rts Education

As an art student, I understand the importance of having an artistically enriched education. This short public service announcement that I wrote, directed, edited, and filmed is the product for my Graduation Project....

Through The [+a]rts

A documentary showing how teachers at one Orlando elementary school have improved the education of their students in all areas by including the arts in their everyday instruction and in their core curriculum. Math, science, and english....

Creative Learning Programs for Middle and High School Students

Vector Art & Product Design: At FAB LAB @ UCSD Extension, students learn how to design shapes in 2D in order to translate their designs into 3-dimensional objects, using a vector editing software such as Adobe Illustrator to create products that they cut using a...

ROTC Plus – The Value of Liberal Arts Education

 March 29, 2011    A graduate of Dickinson College serving as an infantry platoon recently leader praised — of all things — his liberal arts education for helping his unit make military gains in the Kandahar province of Afghanistan.

One day, as he recounted in an e-mail that he sent to Dickinson President William G. Durden, the graduate, who was commissioned through Dickinson’s Reserve Officers Training Corps and majored in Middle Eastern history, found himself sharing small talk with five village elders. After he recited the first chapter of the Koran (which he learned as part of a class assignment), the first lieutenant earned the men’s trust, he wrote to Durden.

Soon after, one of the men handed over five small papers which appeared to be “night letters,” or notes left by the Taliban on local mosques or the doors of homes. Typically, such letters urge resistance or threaten violence to those who cooperate with American forces. These, however, were asking for help. “The three letters this man gave to me thus signaled a major shift in Taliban morale in our area of operations, and at the end of the day became very valuable intelligence information,” the unnamed lieutenant wrote.

This episode — which demonstrates how core liberal arts subjects, such as foreign language, cultural studies and history can yield better-trained, more culturally sophisticated soldiers and officers — illustrates the kind of thing that Dickinson’s administration and military analysts want to see happening more often. And, by ensuring that future military leaders learn on campus alongside more typical students, higher education and military officials hope to start bridging the divide that separates servicemen and -women from the rest of society.

On Monday, the college announced that Dickinson had received $100,000 from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation to organize forums (one next month and another in the fall) that will help liberal arts colleges collaborate with neighboring military institutions of higher education. The forums will draw upon and look to strengthen several existing relationships between neighboring institutions: Dickinson and the nearby U.S. Army War College; Bard, Union and Vassar colleges and the U.S. Military Academy at West Point; St. John’s College and the U.S. Naval Academy in Annapolis, Md.; and Colorado College and the U.S. Air Force Academy.

Sesame Innovations: Four Decades of Helping Kids Know and Grow Around the Globe

Google Tech Talks

Sesame Innovations: Four Decades of Helping Kids Know and Grow Around the Globe
Presented by Gary Knell

Sesame Street was founded in 1969 on the simple and then novel premise that if children could remember the “jingle plop, plop, fizz, fizz,” then they could learn letters, numbers and vital social skills from television viewing, when presented in an engaging way. Forty years after the Muppets were tapped to build young children’s school readiness skills in the US, Sesame Street programs are now in over 140 countries, spanning six continents, reaching nearly 100 million children and families. As media’s ubiquity in children’s lives has taken hold during the digital revolution, the Workshop has pioneered innovative educational campaigns and research-based content on new platforms using breakthrough technologies like mobile phones, virtual worlds and video games. In addition, the Workshop has launched a new multimedia production of the iconic children’s literacy program The Electric Company. Gary E. Knell, President and CEO, will the share insights on how Sesame Street is educating children around the globe and provide an inside look at the Workshops newest campaign to help struggling readers.

Gary Knell is President and Chief Executive Officer of Sesame Workshop. Mr. Knell leads the nonprofit educational organization in its mission to create innovative, engaging content that maximizes the educational power of all media to help children reach their highest potential. He has been instrumental in focusing the organization on Sesame Street’s global mission, including groundbreaking co-productions in South Africa, India, Northern Ireland, and Egypt. He also helped found PBS Kids Sprout, a 24-hour domestic cable channel in the U.S.

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U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan “Value of the Arts”

Featured ribbon-cutting with U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan and musical performances by CPS students studying with the Thelonious Monk Institute of Jazz

[arne_duncan.jpg]U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan acknowledged Chicago Public School (CPS) students at an exhibit opening of their artwork hosted in the Department’s auditorium with a ribbon-cutting ceremony this morning. He was joined by CPS Director of Humanities Paul Whitsitt and several other CPS administrators and teachers, as well as 16 Chicago high school students visiting Washington D.C. for the event today.

One-hundred pieces of artwork from CPS students will be displayed at the Department through April 16. They were selected in the CPS All-City Art Exhibition, an annual juried exhibit that honors outstanding achievement in the visual arts by high school students participating in district-wide art classes. The opening event also featured a musical performance by five CPS students who are studying with the Thelonious Monk Institute of Jazz, which also sponsored the young performers’ trip to Washington.

Secretary Duncan spoke about the importance of the arts as part of a well-rounded curriculum for all students, which is a key component of the President’s blueprint for the reauthorization of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act. “The arts, perhaps more than any other subject, prepare young people with creativity and innovative thinking,” said Duncan.