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In our culture, street art is underappreciated and undervalued. Academic art can be looked upon like a status symbol for people who have the resources to study and learn it.

Academic art in the U.S. is often focused on art forms that originated in Europe, reflecting a Eurocentric worldview and an implicit sense of superiority that reinforces white supremacy. For example, ballet dance and Western European classical music are taught in colleges, music programs, and elsewhere given preference and therefore considered to be “high art.” Of course, European art is not a bad thing; these art forms are worthy of…


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There is a buzzword in education and especially design-thinking centered education that is defining the way that teachers interact with their students. That word is empathy. As teachers, we are called to empathize with our students because when we do, we feel as though there is more peace in the world and equity in our classrooms. But I challenge you to think differently. Empathy is not the answer — compassion is.

Paul Bloom describes empathy as an “emotion that we have, [that] is largely irrational.” But why is empathy, especially empathy in education, considered irrational? …


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Teachers are all great improvisers, but they might not realize it if they haven’t been awarded the opportunity to study improvisation. While improvisation can be applied to every walk of life, it is especially important in education. In a field where reactions are crucial, collaboration is evident, and flexibility is necessary, the art of improvisation is a teacher’s best friend.

There are a few characteristics inherent to improvisational arts. First, there is a structure. This structure is passed down from teachers and great innovators in the field. Once you have learned this structure, you must keep practicing until you internalize…

Noelle Picara

Noelle Picara is the Arts Integration Specialist at Kuumba Academy Charter School.

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