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Fact: 9 in 10 Australians think The Arts are an important part of Education

18 July 2014

From artfacts on Australia Council of the Arts website. 

Well congrats to all the teachers, as well as to relatives, who have fostered a love of the arts in most of us.

So how to teach the arts??
Interesting comment on this from Michael Rosen, former British Children's Laureate, arguing HOW we teach the arts is as important as teaching them. Read the article 

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PROTECTING OUR HERITAGE

2 July 2014

Of the 145 Indigenous languages still spoken in Australia, 110 are critically endangered. 

Congrats to Carclew on their Tjitjiku Inma project to help preserve indigenous language in remote SA. With 11 Pitjantjatjara communities and in excess of 500 Indigenous school students, they've produced a book, cd and dvd of stories for children in indigenous language. Read more here

Why preserve a language? The UN gives a perspective 

Biological, linguistic and cultural diversity are inseparable and mutually reinforcing, so when an indigenous language is lost, so too is traditional knowledge on how to maintain the world’s biological diversity and address climate change and other environmental challenges. Read more 

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Teachers need inspiration, too. Go to Henry V!

22 June 2014

We often quote research here both because we find it interesting and to support teachers who need to justify organising arts events for their students. After just reading this review of Bell Shakespeare's Henry V, it reminds me that it's important for us to get inspiration, too. Go see it whether you teach senior english or history or not. The setting is a refuge for schoolchildren during the London Blitz and ...

"connects the children of 1415 with those of the 1940s, as well as the children of 2014 in Iraq, Syria, and South Sudan.This kind of connection is exactly what we should be doing with Shakespeare." Read the review. Check your nearest venue

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How will the arts sector respond to the budget?

3 June 2014

We usually publish stories about how the arts advantage society, in particular, school children. This time we're advocating for independent artists.Without them, the whole society will be worse off. This article by David Pledger argues that the major arts organisations, who will have continued support, have to step up and support the whole sector, especially given the fact independent Australian artists are the lowest paid members of the Australian workforce. Quite controversial reading. Enjoy. Go here

Image: Bell Shakespeare's Macbeth. Bell Shakespeare is one of the well funded major arts organisations.

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EVERY CHILD NEEDS A CHAMPION

25 May 2014

Rita Pierson, a teacher for 40 years, once heard a colleague say, "They don't pay me to like the kids." Her response: "Kids don't learn from people they don’t like.’” A rousing call to educators to believe in their students and actually connect with them on a real, human, personal level. Watch her TED TALK

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Schools Creating Adult Audiences

15 April 2014

Very interesting research by Ticketmaster UK into theatre going habits! The most likely group to attend a theatre performance are 16 -19 year olds! Wow. Teachers and venues have been working on this for years. Looks like it's paid off! Now we need a survey here. Read more

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Best TED Talk of 2013 - and it's about education!

25 March 2014

Sugata Mitra's Build a School in the Cloud

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Drama leads to success

25 March 2014

Why drama is vital to workplace success - offering skill development helpful throughout life and work and how standardised testing doesn't capture these abilities. Read the article iPschology Today

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