This is a thoughtful piece — and very different, I think, perspective — on the arts and public education. And I think its so not just because it aligns with what I’m trying to do with this class and with your blogs. . .
Please take a look at this one: http://www.artsjournal.com/dewey21c/2011/10/guest-blog-bruce-taylor-what-is-the-future-role-for-arts-in-public-education.html
Its asking interesting questions about what takes place at the intersection between skills competency for the employment market and more traditional satisfaction one gets from engaging the arts. The idea behind the blogs is — pick up some real world digital self-presentation management skills. . . while you’re articulating (over and over) good descriptions about your values and where you find pleasure in the creative realm.
I’d argue that there are still too few folks taking on the opportunity here with gusto. Much, much work in the emerging knowledge economy will be about managing digital tools and learning to articulate a personal vision. It’s a good opportunity, and, as Dr. Lazer put it earlier in the semester, really a privilege to be given this kind of room to roam.