The Crosby Chronicles: In defense of art education

Providing students the opportunity to express themselves through the arts is something that public schools need to continue doing despite bad economic times.  Looking at what students can produce reaffirms one's faith in young people.

One such art is drama.  Last Thursday I saw Hoover's production of "The Diary of Anne Frank."  Now sometimes when young people portray much older people it is not very authentic, especially for a drama.  Not the case with this production.  The whole student ensemble did a terrific job in portraying the Frank family and their friends in hiding.

It was a gutsy move on the part of drama teacher Dave Huber to put on such a somber show.  While I was watching the students perform, I was hoping that the mainly student audience would appreciate the exemplary job done by those involved.

I hope more students will come out to support their school by seeing plays, watching sporting events, reading the newspaper, etc.  As I told my students in class today, if they don't show up to support their peers, how do they expect adults to?

And for those cyncical adults who view teenagers in a negative light, check out what the kids can do.  You will be pleasantly surprised.

Brian Crosby is a teacher in the Glendale Unified School District and the author of Smart Kids, Bad Schools and The $100,000 Teacher.  He can be reached at


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