History Channel Produces Story of ‘Education Masterpiece in Baton Rouge’
- October 13, 2010
The U.S. Department of Education recently released a video highlighting the arts and music program at Forest Heights Academy of Excellence elementary school. The video highlights the schools ability to combine the art of learning with the learning of art.
Produced by the History Channel, the video is posted on the U.S. Department of Education’s ED Blog on the department’s Web site:"An Education Masterpiece in Baton Rouge" at http://www.ed.gov/blog/2010/10/an-education-masterpiece-in-baton-rouge/.(To see where the video is featured on the national department’s home page, go to www.ed.gov and look for the blog on the left-hand side of the page.)
In addition to the standard academic curriculum, ForestHeights students have the opportunity to study instrumental music, visual arts, drama, dance and vocal music. The arts curriculum is comprehensive and is based on national, state and local standards. Students learn everything from costume design and stage lighting to jazz and tap dance, and the school also has a modern, high-tech theater and arts facility.
At ForestHeights, students also learn Math, Science, Language, and Social Studies through their study of the arts. Therefore, kids encounter mathematical principles through music and learn lessons about history while they work on theatrical productions.
In 2008, the U.S. Department of Education named Forest Heights Academy of Excellence a BlueRibbonSchool, the highest honor the federal government bestows on schools throughout the country. For a public school to win this award, student achievement must be in either the top 10 percent on state assessments or show improvement to high levels with at least 40 percent of the school’s population from disadvantaged backgrounds. More than half the school’s population is disadvantaged. About 85 percent of the students are African American.
Earlier this year, U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan spoke about the critical importance of an education in the arts.“First, the arts significantly boost student achievement, reduce discipline problems and increase the odds that students will go on to graduate from college,” she said.“Second, arts education is essential to stimulating the creativity and innovation that will prove critical to young Americans competing in a global economy. And last, but not least, the arts are valuable for their own sake, and they empower students to create and appreciate aesthetic works.”
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