Over the weekend, former President Bill Clinton made headlines in his home state of Arkansas discussing education. His message was one that many of us already know: the dropout rate is increasing and students are leaving school unprepared for 21st century jobs.
However, the uniqueness of the President’s message was in his proposed solution—the arts.
Clinton is endorsing a program called A+ Schools that achieves whole school reform by integrating the arts, using project-based learning, and appealing to students’ multiple intelligences.
The A+ program has been nationally recognized “as an effective, research-based strategy for sustainable school reform.”
The program started with a network of schools in North Carolina and has expanded to include schools in Oklahoma and Arkansas.
You can find out more about the A+ program here and make sure to check out a local TV news report on former President Clinton’s remarks: