Originally published on November 22nd, 2016.
Article published on Broowaha.com.
I believe that ideally, a good teacher knows how to engage the right and left sides of their brain to present an idea accurately and entertainingly. After all, what else is a teacher than a purposed educator? The creative side and the book-smart side of one’s self must collaborate to properly inform students, so that they may care about what they’re learning as well as retain it. That said, I’ve noticed more and more artists becoming teachers.
Being involved with independent music myself, I can name a few off the top of my head: Alfred Brown IV from Dangers (Writing Professor at University of Southern California), Aaron Weiss from mewithoutYou (Education Professor at Temple University in Philadelphia), Greg Graffin from Bad Religion (Life Science Professor at UCLA), and Mike Armine from Rosetta (high school teacher of Psychology, Sociology, and American Government). That’s not where it stops though – painters, poets, actors, and filmmakers often enter education as a stable way to make money and teach people their crafts. Because of this, the arts are changing education as we know it for the better.
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