"The free play of art is the result of mastery. " --Ernst Fischer, The Necessity of Art

"Children are likely to live up to what you believe of them." --Ladybird Johnson

"...a well-trained ear, a well-trained intelligence, a well-trained heart, and a well-trained hand...." --Zoltan Kodaly


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Hey J,

Found some great information on these websites  (among, probably, millions--but who has the time to look up millions?) about great ideas in education.

The first one is about a movement to include hours spent outside as part of each regular school day, for Kindergarteners. This article gives details about how it's done within the Waldorf school system:
http://www.nytimes.com/2009/11/30/nyregion/30forest.html.   Interesting--and timely.

The second is a website which is loaded with information about arts and education:
http://www.americansforthearts.org/news/national_arts_news/default.asp.    Seems as though they cover a wide range of news, from arts funding  (see the article on the site, about a moveable FEAST (Funding Emerging Art with Sustainable Tactics)--helping to fund artists through events which use sustainable agriculture, local decision-making, and a fun social outing)  to ways families can encourage artistic learning in children's lives, to the ways in which  our arts-supporting President highlights and encourages the arts nation-wide.

Now if we could only find more time in the day to learn even more!

More, later.

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