May 4, 2009 – Hour 1

Art and music programs have been cut in schools across America in recent years as education has shifted to an emphasis on teaching the information that will be tested. However, recent studies suggest that the arts enhance learning outcomes and contribute to cognitive and social development in children. Later this month the Learning and the Brain Conference will discuss the place of creativity in education, and today Marc spoke with some of the experts who convened the gathering.

Our guests today were: 

Mariale Hardiman, who is the creator of the "Brain-Targeted Teaching Model." She is the chair of the interdisciplinary studies in education and assistant dean of the urban schools partnership at Johns Hopkins University.

Susan Magsamen, who is the creator of the Family Stories series, and is the author of the 10 Best of Everything Families: An Ultimate Guide for Travel.

Dr. Guy McKahnn, professor of neurology and neuroscience at Johns Hopkins University.