The John Lennon Peace Wall | Prague 2010

The John Lennon Peace Wall | Prague 2010
John Lennon Peace Wall | Prague 2010 | Photo by Deborah S. Greenhut

About Me

United States
Deborah S. Greenhut, PhD, is a playwright, arts documentarian, and educator who began teaching in a one-room school house in rural New England during 1970. These days you can find me collaborating with urban educators and students, seeking new ways to make education artful. I have consulted on management skills and communication arts in 44 of the United States and 5 provinces in Canada. I believe that people learn more effectively through drama-assisted instruction, and I exploit the Internet to deliver it. The views expressed here are entirely mine and not those of any other institution or organization.

Sunday, February 26, 2012

No Child Left Behind--But Where Are We Going?

Test your knowledge of American History at the eighth grade level provided by CNN here.

Now take your turn with an example of a test taken by eighth graders in Kansas during 1895. The Smoky Valley Genealogical Society also provides a link to answers on that same page.

What do students need to know? What do teachers need to learn? Next week, the American Congress is considering the topic again for K-12 students. This informative blog from Education Week outlines the ongoing debates nicely. Costs keep rising, but we cannot put our heads in the sand. No Child Left Behind, in its unexamined consequences, could have put all of our schools out of business. One hundred percent is a nice round number for a quiz grade, but children are not learning objects. I hope we don't shoot ourselves in the collective foot by not thinking about the consequences and building in some opportunities for review and reconsideration. That's the least a thoughtful, well-educated person can do.

I'm off to see CQ/CX a play about the media and plagiarism today. What are you doing for the arts this weekend?

Friday, February 3, 2012

Review of TADA Youth Theater's History Mystery

Read this review of History Mystery at If you are looking for something to do with school-aged children aged 6 and above, TADA! offers an excellent showcase in New York City. Here's a link to their website.

In the Mood for Muller--Valentine's Day 2012!