October 21, 2017

Educating the Whole Child



Much of public education, however, is a different story. Far from cultivating the “whole child,” many public schools unapologetically channel their increasingly limited resources to the narrowly academic preparation required by high-stakes testing, to the exclusion of offerings like art, music, foreign language, physical education, and even nutritious school lunch, which are often derided as “frills.” For more than 30 years, advocates of such educational reforms have defended this focus on “the basics;” the argument is that the lowest-performing (and often the poorest) students should focus on fundamental skills (and scores) rather than supposedly anti-intellectual, not to mention expensive, diversions.