aren't extraneous, extracurricular or expendable. They are essential."
Governor Mike Huckabee,
ECS Chairman, 2004-06
the Arts Front and Center on the Education Agenda
In July 2004, Governor Mike Huckabee of Arkansas became the 41st governor
to assume the chairmanship of the Education Commission of the States.
On July 15, 2004, at the ECS National Forum on Education Policy in Orlando,
Florida, Governor Huckabee sat down with Richard (Dick) Deasy, director
of the Arts Education Partnership, to talk about why he chose the arts
in education as the focus of his Chairman's initiative and what he plans
to accomplish during his two-year term.
Putting Arts Education Front and Center
Read the Education Week commentary by Governor Mike Huckabee and former Secretary of Education Rod Paige.
Arts Are Important for Everyone
In his November 12, 2004 E-Newsletter, Governor Huckabee writes
about the essential role of the arts in each person's life, from the
impact of getting his first guitar to the boost the arts give to children's
capacity to learn and succeed. "Inside every human being there
are treasures to unlock. We owe it to each young Arkansan to ensure
that whatever their talents are, the doors are open for them. After
all, education is about opening doors ... An early introduction to
the arts can start Arkansas children down that road to lifelong learning."
Governor Huckabee to ECS Commissioners
ECS Chairman and Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee writes abouton the essential role of the
arts in every child's education.
Arts A Lifetime of Learning
In his July 15, 2004, speech accepting the ECS chairmanship, Governor
Mike Huckabee of Arkansas outlined the initiative The Arts: A
Lifetime of Learning that will be the centerpiece of his two-year
term. Governor Huckabee explains the importance of the issue to him
personally, as well as the three main components of his initiative.
Read Governor Huckabee's views and personal experiences on the power
of the arts in education.