A Georgia school's experiment: Cutting out the classroom

Tuesday, March 4, 2014

It was just after lunchtime, and 17 kindergartners huddled around a table marked with paint. Teacher Lindy Shoemaker held a vase covered in small objects: an "I <3 Tennis" keychain, a LEGO flag and other goodies the students brought from home.

It might seem like any art class, but the students' piece was inspired by the work of folk artist Howard Finster. The children knew about his colorful, eclectic art because they'd seen them up close that day at the High Museum of Art in Atlanta.

This, their teachers said, is the kind of learning that happens only when schools cut out the classroom and take learning on the road.

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