June 17th, 2009

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We Need the Arts

While I'm disappointed by the declining numbers, I'm not surprised; and at least the study may encourage people to refund necessary programs.

Studies Show Need for Art Education
Jacqueline Trescott, The Washington Post: "Two separate national surveys gauging youth and adult participation in the arts reported yesterday that visits to art museums are declining. A study of nearly 4,000 eighth-grade students, part of the National Assessment of Educational Progress, found dwindling field trips over the past decade. 'The percentage of eighth-graders who reported that they visited an art museum or gallery with their classes dropped from 22 percent in 1997 to 16 percent in 2008,' said Stuart Kerachsky, the acting commissioner for the National Center for Education Statistics, which administers the assessment."


Personally, museums are not how I prefer to consume art. I like looking at art during conventions and in street fairs. If I have money, usually something there will be in my price range. If I'm going to a musuem, it's the science or history aspects that attract my attention the most.
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Hard Things

Life is full of things which are hard or tedious or otherwise unpleasant that need doing anyhow. They help make the world go 'round, they improve skills, and they boost your sense of self-respect. But doing them still kinda sucks. It's all the more difficult to do those things when nobody appreciates it. Happily, blogging allows us to share our accomplishments and pat each other on the back.

What are some of the hard things you've done recently?
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Dreams and Emotions

Here is an interesting article about how dreams affect our processing of emotions. I'm particularly intrigued that someone official is starting to suspect that sleep problems unto themselves -- like insomnia or recurrent nightmares -- can exacerbate existing mental problems or create new ones. Because that happens, and trying to fix it from the wrong end is usually ineffective.
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