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War Dance: Why We Cannot Underestimate Music Education

Posted in Africa, education, Movies, Music, Orphan Care, Third World with tags , , , , , on November 17, 2007 by len20

Music programs in public schools continue to be squeezed out of the curriculum as school administrators and school boards bend under the weight of mounting pressure to improve (arbitrary, in my humble opinion) test scores. I don’t deny the importance of teaching kids to read, write, solve problems, and learn about the successes and mistakes of our past. But if the purpose of all of this is to improve test scores, then we’re climbing a ladder that’s leaning against the wrong wall. Our purpose should be to teach students to think, to overcome the obstacles in the way of accomplishing good things, and to see the humanity in themselves and others.

You can’t take a test to prove your humanity. But you can sing a song.

I haven’t seen this documentary yet, but the preview below shows how powerful music can be in the lives of children. Check it out.

Learn more at the War Dance blog and the official website.

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