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PCAH Director Calls for Arts to Weigh Heavily in Education Reform

Mike Lawson • News • April 12, 2012

In a keynote address to formally open the 2012 Biennial Music Educators National Conference, Rachel Goslins, executive director of the President’s Committee on the Arts and the Humanities (PCAH), said arts education is key to helping to give all students a high-quality education.In a keynote address to formally open the 2012 Biennial Music Educators National Conference, Rachel Goslins, executive director of the President’s Committee on the Arts and the Humanities (PCAH), said arts education is key to helping to give all students a high-quality education.

However, she said the committee sees arts education as a “wrench” to help repair what is wrong, not as a “flower.”Goslins discussed the 2011 PCAH report, Reinvesting in the Arts: Winning America’s Future through Creative Schools. She said the 18-month study looked at arts education at Title 1 schools. In terms of teaching leadership, creativity, and critical thinking, “the arts have a large footprint,” she added. To read the complete report, visit pcah.gov.

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