I was thrilled to have a chance to speak with Christopher Woodside of the National Association for Music Education, otherwise known as NAfME. In a nutshell, he makes sure that everyone inside the Beltway knows how powerful music education is.
I never intended to care about education reform. So boring, right?
When my firstborn child became old enough to start playing a band instrument, THAT’S when I started paying attention. Anyone who cares about music and arts education SHOULD care about education reform.
I’d love to hear your take on education reform. What does it look like from where you are?
We have to improve our standardized test scores.
That’s what teachers hear repeatedly in public schools today. Enough times that eventually you begin to groan at yet another training session. Formative assessment, differentiation, test and retest so our AYP shows results. It has become the entire focus of the school year.