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Wednesday, June 13, 2012
 
Check out this article from 2010 in the New York Times on a school founded by the mime troupe the Blue Man Group:

The school, which is entering its fourth year, has remained true to its progressive roots, with “imagination stations” and “glow time.” Children help direct the curriculum, and social and emotional skills are given equal weight to reading and math.

And:
After a teaching candidate read “The Great Kapok Tree” to a class of first graders, they took interest in the rainforest. A provocateur built the classroom into a rainforest, replete with a kapok tree whose (plastic) leaves cover the ceiling. The children have studied the animals that live in the rainforest and are now exploring whether the Littles, characters from another story they read, might live in the kapok tree. They write letters to the Littles and even create math tests for them.
 Well, two years later, and the predictable result has occurred:

Parents are yanking their kids out of the “progressive,” $32,000 per-year private school founded by the Blue Man Group — which has no books and no tests — because their kids are barely learning to read, The Post has learned.
 Yes, but they are doing great in rain forest.  You can't put a pricetag on that kind of knowledge!  Well, you can ($32K), but apparently the philistine parents are more concerned with Bush's old formulation: "Is our children learning?"
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