Tuesday, February 23, 2016

"Art integration" helps teach students basic math; digital divide affects homework in lower income schools; father banned over objecting to lessons on Islam


In northern Virginia, teachers are using art and dance to help teach everyday mathematics, and sometimes social studies, as in a story by Moriah Balingit in the Washington Post Metro today, link.  They call this teaching technique “art integration”.

Of course, I can remember that “math concepts” had to be taught in shop class in Seventh Grade “industrial arts”.

This story fits in with a story about a math teacher in California who had students compose music (although a bit like hip hop) to learn math concepts, on my Drama and Music blog, Jan. 8, 2016.

There are a couple of other education stories of note Tuesday,

Emma Brown of the Washington Post reports that high school in La Plata MD banned a father (a veteran) from attending his daughter's school after he objected to a social studies lesson which he felt unduly promoted Islam, link.

And in the New York Times today, Cecilia Kang reports increasing problems that lower income kids are having with homework because their homes don't have reliable high speed Internet, link.  Silicon Valley companies, including Facebook, have been giving money do support Internet connections in low income areas, but much of this giving is for developing countries.  

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