When educators read Robin Lithgow’s book they will understand how the arts have influenced learning throughout history. The historical perspective that Robin brings to the global discussion around the arts deepens our understanding of drama, dance, music and the visual arts as a learning methodology for all aspects of our social, emotional and intellectual education. I look forward to following, participating and sharing information with Robin as the facilitator of these critical discussions.
—Dr. Sherry J Kerr, Arts Integration Consultant
Educational Drama Specialist
Read your chapter. ADORED it. It kept surprising me. It was just about unputdownable. Thank you for being our researcher! I am curious to know about our deeper lineage, but am not scholar enough to do the digging. And for you it is a pleasure. On behalf of the latest population of beneficiaries who are grateful for the way you play out your passions, thank you and keep going!
— Eric Booth, Author of The Everyday Work of Art, The Music Teaching Artist’s Bible, Playing for Their Lives, and Tending the Perennials
This book feels like cultural and educational gold for many audiences….A few thoughts on two aspects that I enjoyed most – your language and tone. What could be a dry text based on facts is based on joyous thought and fluent language…. I thrilled at discovering how your conversational tone leavens the text with wit, passion, and deeply rooted knowledge.
— Kim Zanti, The Center for Research on Creativity
No one can articulate the facts and build a stronger case for the Arts and Arts Education than Robin Lithgow. I highly recommend this.
— Brad Koepenick, Producer Val Kilmer’s Cinema Twain, Shakespeare High
Robin, started your book and have tears. Your stories about your first teaching job and the children at the Romoland School are beautiful and insightful. I can’t wait to read more….As I read on, I am charmed, inspired, grateful. Loved finding out that Erasmus was the illegitimate son of a priest and the line from your colleague, “if you torture the data enough, you can get it to confess to anything.” I was most enthralled by the stories of your growing up with your dad’s Shakespeare plays over five summers. Delightful!
—Carole Valleskey, Artistic Director of the California Dance Institute (CDI)
Re: my years as Theater Adviser, building the elementary curriculum
What an incredible group of teachers we had and such a fighting spirit and deep and wide common sense of what matters.
—Chris Keene, Elementary theater teacher and improv artist extraordinaire.
And thank you, Ms. Lithgow, for attempting to rescue our children from the data mongers, who have sailed so far North in the opinion of decent folk as to hang like icicles on a Dutchman’s beard.
—Bob Shepherd, a very poetic reader who has actually read Erasmus’ colloquies!