Elton John: ‘It’s tragic that music is being taken out of schools’

By Maddy Shaw Roberts for classicfm.com We met Sir Elton at his old alma mater to talk music education, his ‘mystical’ song-writing process and how the Royal Academy of Music has changed since 1958… “It was so intimidating then,” Sir Elton tells Classic FM’s Tim Lihoreau, as they meet in a room behind reception at London’s Royal Academy of Music. “It smelt of…

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Dragon stories for kids: My Father’s Dragon

“My Father’s Dragon” by Ruth Stiles Gannet is one our favorite dragon stories for kids. Melissa Gaynor  from Sweet on Books explains why: What You Need to Know: • Although it was written more than 50 years ago, My Father’s dragon succeeds in keeping today’s readers intrigued and involved in the story.• It is an exciting read-aloud for younger readers and…

The New York Public Library Has Calculated Its Most Checked-Out Books Of All Time

By Laurel Wamsley The New York Public Library has been loaning books for a long time — the institution turns 125 this year. To celebrate, the library dug into its records and calculated a list of the 10 books that have been checked out the most in its history. The Caldecott Medal-winning tale of a young boy’s encounter with snow has been…

Ask Dr. Blank: What are the benefits of dual language programs?

Dual language programs have undergone a major transformation over the past few decades. They have their roots in the bilingual programs initiated in the 1960’s which were aimed at children from immigrant families who were not proficient in English. The goal was to provide instruction in their native languages while they were learning English. In other words, the programs did…

What Happens to Student Behavior When Schools Prioritize Art

By Sir Ken Robinson and Lou Aronica for kqued.org Room to Maneuver There’s more room to make changes within the current education system than many people think. Schools operate as they do not because they have to but because they choose to. They don’t need to be that way; they can change and many do. Innovative schools everywhere are breaking the mold of convention to meet the best interests of their students, families, and communities. As well as great teachers, what they have…