Keeping Children in School
Mother tongue based - multilingual education is one way of making a school more welcoming to young children. Using the language children have known before they enter school adds a sense of familiarity. This is no different from starting a conversation by finding an initial spark, an entry point of interest between pupils and teacher. It makes the school feel like a second home. Keeping children in school must be placed right there on top in thinking of ways to alleviate the problems of basic education not just in the Philippines but all over the world.
Language, however, is not the only thing that can bind a school to one's home. Educators in Milwaukee schools now consider art, music and gym as important ingredients in basic education:
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What Milwaukee schools are doing is supported by research. About two years ago, the US National Endowment for the Arts published a study showing how important the arts is in education. For example, the following graphs from The Arts and Achievement in At-Risk Youth: Findings from Four Longitudinal Studies show that exposure to the arts is correlated with better performance in other areas of learning especially among students from poor families (low SES):