Tuesday, July 14, 2009


Over at the website of Keep Arts in Schools we find research, resources, news and inspiring quotes.

All of this useful stuff has been gathered to help make the case for the arts as tools for character building and doorways to success.

See this:

"The human conscience relies on a feeling of empathy for others and on the anticipation of anxiety, guilt, or shame for violating a community norm. Children need a deeper understanding of these feelings and the arts contribute to this goal."

-Jerome Kagan, Daniel and Amy Starch Research Professor of Psychology, Emeritus, Harvard University.

And this statement, from First Lady Michelle Obama:

"My husband and I believe strongly that arts education is essential for building innovative thinkers who will be our nation's leaders of tomorrow."

- Michelle Obama, First Lady of the United States of America.

Meanwhile, the New York Times reports that business leaders Goldman Sachs are right back at it; making money:

For Goldman, a Swift Return to Lofty Profits
Published: July 13, 2009

Most of Wall Street, and America, is still waiting for an economic recovery. Then there is Goldman Sachs.

Up and down Wall Street, analysts and traders are buzzing that Goldman, which only recently paid back its government bailout money, will report blowout profits from trading on Tuesday.
Analysts predict the bank earned a profit of more than $2 billion in the March-June period, because of its trading prowess across world markets.

If they are right, the bank’s rivals will once again be left to wonder exactly how Goldman, long the envy of Wall Street, could have rebounded so drastically only months after the nation’s financial industry was shaken to its foundations.

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