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I've just today had the opportunity to hear Howard Gardner speak at the New
Jersey Performing Arts Center's Arts Basic to the Curriculums Conference &
Showcase . His concepts of intelligence are very interesting. I believe he
used your school as an example for those who asked where this Key Curriculum
was being used. His insight into Multiple Intelligence was fascinating. This
approach to teaching needs to be more widely used in our schools. How lucky
you and your students are to be in this innovative environment.
Arts in Education chairman
Ellyn and Vera,
Ellyn's complaint Would not happen at my school. Art and Music are not
"Relief time" for the "real teachers". As the art teacher I have the
students as much time as any other "real teacher". Here I am an equal
partner in the Key Community with all other teachers.
In this school but not in our district the arts are as important (or even more
important!). All the special area teachers plan together with classroom
teachers. The Key School curriculum is based on Howard Garner's "Seven
As an art teacher of 22 years in the Indianapolis Public Schools this is the
school that I have been looking for! Please understand that teaching here is
hard work just like anywhere else, but it is work that I can say is under my
control and choice.
There is however a real problem in American education with not enough planning
time for teachers. I think that this is a result of to much teacher - student
contact time and/or to high of a student load for teachers.
Kerry Brown, Indianapolis
P. S. You can get more information and even visit the Key School by a phone
call to Myra at 317-226-4992(Key School, 222 E. Ohio St.Indianapolis, IN