In his new book, Free to Learn, developmental psychologist Peter Gray argues that our children, if free to pursue their own interests through play, will not only learn all they need to know, but will do so with energy and passion.
Education officials in Massachusetts are stressing the importance of early childhood literacy when it comes to closing the achievement gap. A pioneering reading proficiency program in Springfield has been nationally recognized. WAMC”s Pioneer Valley Bureau Chief Paul Tuthill reports.
This weekend the Albany Symphony Orchestra will present two quite different concerts at The Palace Theatre in Albany, NY.
On Saturday March 9th, the orchestra will perform Mussorgsky's "Pictures at an Exhibition," and a recent violin concerto entitled “Fire and Blood” by Michael Daugherty. Then on Sunday, Cowboy Dave rides again in a program called “Compose Yourself with Cowboy Dave!”
Maestro "Cowboy Dave" David Alan Miller joins us now to tell us more.
A special summer camp opened today for children from two public housing developments in Springfield Massachusetts. As WAMC”s Pioneer Valley Bureau Chief Paul Tuthill tells us the camp is part of an innovative early literacy program.