It’s Thursday morning and the press is chock-a-block with the sort of factoids that should make any American wince. For example:
- One in five Americans believes our President is a Muslim. Equally scary, 25 percent of Americans believe that Muslims are not patriotic Americans. Three cheers for the combo platter of ignorance and intolerance! (Somebody please listen to what Colin Powell says at 4:40 of this video.)
- Nearly 20 percent of New York City’s public schools lack a certified teacher in even one of the arts disciplines, reports The New York Observer. My guess is that other school districts around the country, especially in a time of tight budgets, aren’t much different. (Meanwhile, China is a taking a very different approach.)
- But it doesn’t seem that de-emphasizing art education is boosting other literacies. According to The Wall Street Journal, “fewer than 25% of 2010 graduates who took the ACT college-entrance exam possessed the academic skills necessary to pass entry-level courses.”
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