No. 318 | Why Our High Schools Need The Arts
Jessica Hoffmann Davis
In this follow-up to her bestselling book, Why Our Schools Need the Arts, Jessica Hoffmann Davis addresses the alarming dropout rate in our high schools and presents a thoughtful, evidence-based argument that increasing arts education in the high school curriculum will keep kids in school. Davis shares compelling voices of teachers and their adolescent learners to demonstrate how courses in the arts are relevant and valuable to students who have otherwise become disenfranchised from school. This important book points the way toward rescuing the American high school from the inside out by ensuring that all students benefit from the compelling and essentiallearning opportunities that the arts uniquely provide.
In an engaging and accessible narrative, Why Our High Schools Need the Arts, co-published with Teachers College Press, will inform the uninitiated, change the minds of doubters, and fuel the fight of those already committed to arts-related school reform. This timely resource:
• Takes key foundational principles presented in Why Our Schools Need the Arts and describes how they work in high schools.
• Presents research that indicates arts learning engages youth and provides them with a reason to stay in school and graduate.
• Provides real-life examples, with teacher and student voices, that school reformers need to hear.
128 pgs. (2011) ISBN 978-0-8077-5286-9