Earlier today, President Obama signed into law the Every Student Succeeds Act, which will transform our education system. Affecting instructional practice in 100,000 American K-12 schools, it will impact 50 million students and 3 million teachers.
This authorization spans from FY2017 through FY2020, ushering in a new era of education in America with increased local control and state-level accountability, and also new opportunities for arts education, including:
Dedicated funding for arts education through the “Assistance for Arts Education” grant program;
Inclusion of the arts in the “Well-Rounded Education” definition with over a dozen references in the bill ensuring among other things that the arts continue to be eligible for Title I funds – the largest federal funding source to local educational agencies and schools;
Integration of the arts in STEM programs – recognized in the field as “STEM to STEAM
1– Connecting the dots: Listen to your Guts + Follow your heart => The Destiny
“you can’t connect the dots looking forward; you can only connect them looking backwards. So you have to trust that the dots will somehow connect in your future. You have to trust in something — your gut, destiny, life, karma, whatever. This approach has never let me down, and it has made all the difference in my life.”
2-Love: Love what you do, you got to find what you like. Great work comes from what you love to do.
“Don’t lose faith. I’m convinced that the only thing that kept me going was that I loved what I did. You’ve got to find what you love. And that is as true for your work as it is for your lovers. Your work is going to fill a large part of your life, and the only way to be truly satisfied is to do what you believe is great work. And the only way to do great work is to love what you do. If you haven’t found it yet, keep looking. Don’t settle. As with all matters of the heart, you’ll know when you find it. And, like any great relationship, it just gets better and better as the years roll on. So keep looking until you find it. Don’t settle.”
3-Don’t be trapped by dogma: Follow your dream and don’t get distract from others’s opinions. “Your time is limited, so don’t waste it living someone else’s life. Don’t be trapped by dogma — which is living with the results of other people’s thinking. Don’t let the noise of others’ opinions drown out your own inner voice. And most important, have the courage to follow your heart and intuition. They somehow already know what you truly want to become. Everything else is secondary.”