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The Arts in Education

When I was little, pretty much everything that I liked had 4 legs or was in the back woods of my house. I didn’t particularly “blend” into the normal crowd in my schools. I was introverted, shy, and socially awkward. I had no idea how to communicate with other human beings, so animals worked a lot better for me. Nature in general was the bee’s knees in my book.

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My self-expression seemed to naturally lay with the arts and nature was my muse. Growing up, I often felt incapable of handling most situations. With an absentee father and a mentally ill mother, I was left pretty much to my own.

In middle school, I began to explore photography. My father, at that time, was the principal of my school. In order to demonstrate his love to me maybe, he built a dark room in an unused teacher’s bathroom. There was counter space to lay out all the chemicals, a tap for running water, and even a place to examine your negatives while they dry.

This was the first time, in all my life, that I felt self-expression. I could go out, take pictures, come in and develop them all on my own. They weren’t particularly great, I was only 13 at the time, but they granted me a voice. A starting point for my creative young spirit to bloom from.

My final photo in the 8th grade.

My final photo in the 8th grade.

There are tons of studies proving the efficacy of the arts in education. Statistics like:

Studies show that students of the arts in all disciplines outperformed their non-arts peers on the SAT by 91 points in 2009.¹

Students who participate in arts programs are at least three times more likely to be recognized for academic achievement, elected to class office within their schools, participate in a math and science fair, win an award for school attendance and win an award for writing an essay or poem.¹

Support your local Arts Programs. They are an opportunity waiting to happen.

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¹ SOURCE: http://www.dosomething.org/tipsandtools/11-facts-about-arts-education#

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Cell Phones are Emotional Terrorists

That’s right. I said it.

Why do we have to become so fucking ‘connected’ to everything by these cell phone leashes? Whatever happened to a good healthy checking out for an hour and going for a walk? Like, we’ve survived THIS long without major cell phone use – can’t we just leave the cell at home and go for a fucking walk?

I say HELL YES!

Leave that cell phone at home and go for a walk. Connect with people FACE to FACE, instead of ear to ear. Rekindle your love of listening to bird calls, mocking neighbors bad lawns, and chasing your dogs in the backyard. These are things that make humanity great!

And on a side note, they are fucking EXERCISE. I know. It sounds weird, but getting outside into the fresh air and fooling around a little is totally needed. It’s like being a kid again, with all the perks of being older and wiser. Wrestle with your man in the grass. Have a tickle fight with the kids at the beach. Play Marco Polo in the water with your friends. These are the things that make life great and exercise great.

Commune with life again. Fuck the cell phone. Get back to zerberting the nearest human being!

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