Struggling Schools Benefit from Adding Arts to Learning

This Jeffrey Brown report for PBS is about an encouraging direction in education, incorporating arts to make math and reading much more interesting and effective. Arts frequently get cut from school curricula due to money and time, but a pilot program around the country is trying to use music, performance and other arts in dozens of schools to motivate kids.

Making music and using the arts to build math and other skills, that’s the theory at the ReNEW Cultural Arts Academy, a public charter school in New Orleans, not long ago, one of the lowest performing schools in Louisiana, a state ranking near the bottom in the nation. It’s a school now showing measurable signs of educational advancement.

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