The winner of my Shakespeare cd giveaway is: Michelle Heidenrich Barnes!
The winner of my Opera for Kids dc giveaway is: Becky Shillington!
The winner of my poetry binder dividers giveaway is: Myra Garces-Bacsal!
Congratulations! I'll be getting those in the mail to you soon.
As long as you're here, want to see something interesting? I found this talk comparing the education systems of Finland, South Korea, Poland, and the U.S. fascinating. Amanda Ripley doesn't mention arts education in her talk so I looked up Finland and the arts, just to see whether arts education was a part of the Finnish curriculum, and I found:
"Music, visual arts, and crafts education is compulsory for students up to age 16 in Finland, as part of an effort to promote creativity and problem-solving skills and boost learning in other subject areas.
'In terms of students’ abilities in other subject areas, based on cognitive studies, it seems that the arts promote our capability to learn other subject areas too. For instance, learning music in early childhood seems to develop one’s linguistic capacity,' said Finnish educator Eija Kauppinen in an Education News article." ~Celia Baker
Addendum: A WSJ article called Why Tough Teachers Get Good Results.