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Why One School Embraces Art For Curriculum’s Sake

NPR Utah

All those naysayers who say high, comparable standards won’t expose students to the arts or creative learning may want to take a class with Meighan Smith. Smith teaches fourth graders at Escalante Elementary a variety of subjects through her drama workshops. Her classes provide instruction matching Utah’s core curriculum standards. In a recent class she was teaching them about the water cycle and weather through different acting techniques. Smith says, “there’s theater in education, which is what I’m doing. And it’s different than theater for performance. Our end goal is not to be wonderful and have this great and beautiful performance. Our end goal is to learn.” As NPR Utah reports, Smith is “using theater as a means to an end rather than the end itself. It’s a teaching tool.”

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