Topic: Are the Arts Important in Education? | Part 2: Betsy Franco and High School Student Film-Makers

March 9, 2017

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Topic: Out and About - Conversations About Questions That Matter: Are the Arts Important in Education?


Are the arts important in education? Or are they a pleasant add-on but not essential to getting a job? Ruth Copland talks to award-winning writer Betsy Franco and high school student film-makers Alec Cohen, Daj Huang, Peter Gold, Sam Cook, and Zac Sanders about the role of the arts in education and career preparation.

Ruth Copland interviews Betsy Franco and some of the student film-makers involved with Metamorphosis Junior Year. The film was produced entirely by high school students with mentors from the film industry including main mentor and creator of the project James Franco, and supporting mentors/creators Iris Torres, Tom Franco, Jennifer Howell, Vince Jolivette, and Betsy Franco, on whose novel the film is based. Both the story of the film, which demonstrates how powerful the arts can be in the lives of young people, and the actuality of the real-life students making a feature film relate to this week’s topic. What do you think? For more info on the show and to hear past shows visit 

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