Author Archives: Patricia Strickland

About Patricia Strickland

Patricia Strickland currently heads the Theater Department at a private high school in Ventura, California. Patti has a passion for empowering youth, and she is committed to the idea that teaching children to think creatively and globally is a critical element needed in order to foster the skills that will maintain economic competitiveness in tomorrow’s marketplace. She is currently exploring methods to introduce more emotional and artistic literacy into the educational system, working enthusiastically with fellow educators to create cross-curricular projects. Patti is an accomplished actress and director, is a graduate of the American Academy of Dramatic Arts, and holds a BS in Interdisciplinary Studies from NYIT and a Master of Arts in Communication and Leadership from Gonzaga University.

Teaching In The 21st Century

Teaching In The 21st Century

As we move further into a digital world, we will require new methods of teaching that include more visual and entertaining methods to get the information across effectively. The need for enhanced arts education is clear, as the arts are a powerful tool that can encourage adaptability, enhance creativity and strengthen critical thinking skills. Students must be able to take in a vast amount of information and process it in an innovative and productive way. Continue reading

Are We Preparing Our Children for the Conceptual Age?

Are We Preparing Our Children for the Conceptual Age?

Public standardized education was created for the mechanical age of the Industrial Revolution where mechanical needs were at the forefront. With the abundance of mechanical jobs available in the U.S. this type of education could suffice and support a thriving middle class. However, today’s global community will give the mechanical jobs to the lowest bidder. Continue reading

Arts Education: Fluff or Fuel?

Arts Education: Fluff or Fuel?

Tomorrow’s workers will require a rich blend of highly developed analytical skills and creative ingenuity. However, the current educational system continues to prepare students for the manufacturing jobs of yesterday answering political demands for accountability based on high-stakes tests with unprecedented standardized testing. Continue reading