"Powerful narratives that put a human face on the oftendry statistical studies a passionate and personal reflection upon the effects of America’s educational policies."
The Washington Independent Review of Books
Hailed as an “impressive collection of remembrances and commentaries” (Choice), The Muses Go to School brings together beloved and renowned artists—including Whoopi Goldberg, Phillip Seymour Hoffman, Rosie Perez, and Phylicia Rashad—to share their transformative school encounters with the arts that helped them discover their inner humanity and put them on the road to fully realized creative lives. These autobiographical pieces are paired with interpretive essays by distinguished educators to produce a powerful case for positioning the arts at the center of primary and secondary school curriculums. Spanning a range of genres from acting and music to literary and visual arts, these smart and entertaining voices make surprising connections between the arts and the development of intellect, imagination, spirit, emotional intelligence, self–esteem, and self–discipline of young people.
Herbert Kohl and Tom Oppenheim have created “a superbly articulate assemblage of intensely personal, interdisciplinary voices” (Booklist), revealing that creative arts are a critical element of any education.
Herbert Kohl is a celebrated writer, teacher, and advocate. He is the author of more than forty books, including 36 Children. A recipient of a National Book Award and a Robert F. Kennedy Book Award, he was the founder and first director of the Teachers and Writers Collaborative in New York City and established the PEN West Center in San Francisco. He lives in Point Arena, California. Tom Oppenheim is the artistic director of the Stella Adler Studio of Acting. A lifelong New Yorker, he studied acting at the National Shakespeare Conservatory and with his grandmother Stella Adler. He has numerous theater, film, and television credits and is the recipient of the 2009 Laurette Taylor award from Theatre East. He lives in New York City.
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