Why did I leave the plow in the field…

Not long ago, my father turned the ripe young age of 73. As our gift for such a milestone, my wife and I took him and my mother to one of his favorite barbeque restaurants in small-town Kentucky. It was one of those places you might see on a Guy Fieri Diners,...

Do The Arts Make Kids Smarter?

Study after study have shown that where the arts are prevalent in a school’s curriculum—surprise!—test scores rise. In a recent article in Parenting magazine, Nancy Kalish discusses Why Art Makes Kids Smarter .  She notes several different sources and research that...

Doing WELL and Doing GOOD by Doing ART (Part III)

My last post talked briefly about the major findings of a new longitudinal study published in early October 2009 called Doing WELL and Doing GOOD by Doing ART, by UCLA researcher Dr. James Catterall.  My first post noted the study’s findings in three areas: 1)...