Kathryn Stripling Byer is a 2012 inductee of the North Carolina Literary Hall of Fame and a former NC poet laureate. She weighed-in recently on the importance of the arts in educationÂ inÂ an op-ed piece for The News & Observer in Raleigh.
To read the full op-ed piece, click here.
In it, Kay shares a visit she made to her daughter’s school as part of her laureate duties. The children she met were inspired by her poems and stories (and attire), and the students were a revelation to her, equally eager to “discuss haiku and Milky Way Cake.”
Our childrenâ€™s future depends on the choices we make during these times when so much more seems to divide us than unify us. And yet Iâ€™d be willing to guess that when it comes to their future, we share more common ground than not.
We want them to have good, well-funded schools, and we want those schools to offer them not only the skills they need, but also to introduce them to the arts â€“ music, painting, dancing, drama and poetry. These programs, like the Poet Laureate position I was honored to hold for nearly five years, deserve our support.
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