Encouragement,inspiration,passion, perspective,challenge and controversy. That's what I think the four books offer that are suggested below.

Deborah Meier offers some ideas for educators and policymakers looking for books to inspire and inform this summer.

Deborah Meier and Joe Nathan respond to readers comments on the importance of advocating for arts in education, adding their own questions about why the arts aren't seen as a greater priority in schools.

Sometimes art and history come together in wonderful ways. That's what happened in these marvelous movies and a terrific musical that I saw recently. Although they described vastly different people, each illustrated art's immense ability to enrich our lives, and stir us as nothing else can.

School leaders and policymakers must weigh the impact of anything they require schools to do against its social and individual gains.

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