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Re: Literacy and book arts

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Thanks for pointing out that there are other voices on this issue, although
the report you cited deals much more broadly with whether or not studying
"the arts" has a positive effect on academic performance. This report seems
to be an analysis of several studies, and the criteria used were not listed,
so one is hard pressed to agree or not with its findings. The one causal
link that found between arts education and greater learning in other
subjects--teaching drama in the classroom--was interesting and may well
relate to similar effects reported by those who teach book arts:

"When children act out stories, their verbal skills,
including comprehension, grow more than
when they simply read the stories and
discuss them."

I agree with the conclusion that the arts should be promoted as valuable to
society in their own right, not because they may enhance other, "more
important" skills.

Katie Harper
Ars Brevis Press
Cincinnati, OH

Remember: Book arts will save the world!

> From: RLavadour <paper@OREGONTRAIL.NET>
> Reply-To: "Book_Arts-L: READ THE FAQ at http://www.philobiblon.com"
> Date: Wed, 21 Nov 2001 23:44:10 -0800
> Subject: Re: Literacy and book arts
>> I'm told there are some favorable
>> studies out there..... We would certainly like to
>> do fundraising armed with information and statistics, if they are around.
> Katie -
> It's also helpful to be aware of the studies your grantmakers may have seen
> that are not favorable.
> There was a controversial Harvard report last year that showed that studying
> the arts does not enhance academic achievement. Some arts advocates feared
> the study would give funders and school boards amunition to cut arts budgets
> even further. There is much commentary about this study on the web and many
> conclude that offering the arts as merely a buttress for other "essential"
> subjects does nothing to promote the value of the arts.
> Granted, book arts have a much more direct and easily explained link to
> writing than dance, music, etc., but it's still good to be armed with a
> broad base of information in case someone throws this at you.
> You can read an article that the authors of the report wrote at:
> http://www.edweek.org/ew/ewstory.cfm?slug=09winner.h20
> with best wishes,
> Roberta
> Pendleton, Oregon
> paper@oregontrail.net
> http://www.missioncreekpress.com

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