Jazz legend Herbie Hancock is working with educators and researchers to explore how maths can be better integrated into teaching methods for US students learning maths, engineering and computer science. The article includes a recognition by the US Education Secretary John B. King Jr that an emphasis on math and reading — along with standardized testing — has had the unfortunate side effect of squeezing arts education out of the nation’s classrooms, a trend he thinks is misguided.
“English and math are necessary but not sufficient for students’ long-term success,” King said, noting that under the Every Student Succeeds Act, the new federal education law, schools have new flexibility to use federal funding for arts education. See the full article in The Washington Post.