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Condoleezza Rice Supports Arts Education on PBS News Hour

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Mar 20, 2012

On Tuesday, March 20, former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice and former New York City Schools Chancellor Joel Klein, sat down with Jeffrey Brown for PBS News Hour to discuss a new report examining the connections between education and national security. Brown brought the conversation around to the role of arts in education, and Rice, known for her support of the arts, had the following to say;

“I find it really appalling that people are talking about the arts as extra-curricular because not only are the arts part of a broad education so that a person is indeed well rounded and well educated but the arts are a way for people to gain confidence. I think all of us at some point had to play that recital or be involved in that school play and had to learn the lines and learn how to stand up in front of an audience and do a performance and it makes it easier later in life when you have to do those things, children get real satisfaction out of achieving in the arts and it ought to be a part of our public schools and private schools…I’m a big believer that the arts should be kept in the schools, and to the degree that they’re not there ought to be private interventions on behalf of the arts.”

Watch the clip on the PBS website

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