But I do have hope-that amazing human trait that keeps us going, that we can shift the paradigm to one that engages and energizes students, helps them to make meaning out of what they are learning so they can actually learn it, and makes them love coming to school (dare I say make school fun?). We can do this, and integrating the arts is one way coupled with creative use of technology (reading power point slides to students doesn't count folks), safe classrooms where students feel physically and emotionally safe, a heightened sense of empathy on everyone's part, as well as a number of other brain-based, creative ways to help students learn better.
Think about it when you are planning your lessons for the fall. How can you get your students engaged in what is happening in your classroom and energized and happy to be there? Flip things around and put yourself in the students' position: how does it feel to be a student sitting in your class? Take a positive risk and strike out on a new path that will forge new neural pathways in your students' brains and get those dendrites multiplying at a fantastic rate. The time is now!