Posts Tagged ‘youth’

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More Arts correspond with higher graduation rates[wealth culture]

November 18, 2009
First Lady Michelle Obama Visits Denver High School

A new study by the Center for Arts Education has found that schools that have increased access to arts education programs also have higher graduation rates.Well, its kinda make sense, Arts has always been known to open minds, motivate for challenging opportunities.Listen Richard Kessler, CAE’s Executive Director, and Doug Israel, Director of Research and Policy proving their point.Meanwhile, a study was published earlier this year out of Cambridge University coming to much the same conclusion in Britain. Focusing on math, science and reading — especially in the Test Test Test! framework that Arne Duncan espouses — and excluding the arts can have really detrimental effects on kids, emotionally and intellectually.This is what is needed to make the change we need to make – solid data to support the correlation between art activity and academic outcomes. Put this study together with the Cambridge study, do more and argue, argue, argue for the requisite funding.

Read the report here.

Source Leonard Lopate Show WNYC
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Another Bankruptcy Tale : Marck Ecko

November 16, 2009
Marc Ecko Hosts "All In For Tikva" Casino Night

I didnt even seen it passing in my news channel, so many bankruptcy tales are going on thanks to the recession that  its  impossible to keep it up with all.While i was browsing the medialanscape to get my traditionnal morning news i stumbled up on an article from the NYP reporting the lost control of Marck Ecko’own brand last september of this year.

As reported the hip-hop clothing kingpin  signed over a 51 percent interest in the Marc Ecko brand to Iconix, a New York company that owns a slew of fashion brands including Joe Boxer, Candie’s, Rocawear and London Fog.Ecko this year had laid off workers and auctioned off his watch trademarks and Avirex brand to raise cash in order to pay creditors.

Why is that a surprise ? Marcko made his way through  fashion retailing because  at the time he had a very good concept and there was an untaped market for urban clothing.Since things has evolved, he became a big spending party boy wich itself has completely thrown him out of touch with the “real urban market”.As an economist told me once the sole key to make your business profitable is control and reduce small costs like paper, power, cars, leases, pen…its theses insignificants costs once managed that make your way to fortune.Hence why Si Newhouse canceled Conde Nast’s famous Christmas lunch for the second year in a row and  hired a crisis management expert to reduce drasticaly costs, read no more “Pellegrino, Orangina, Red Bull, Fidji water” for Condenast cafeteria.

Sources said Ecko is still struggling to lease out pieces of his luxurious 280,000- square-foot headquarters in Midtown, which houses everything from a recording studio to a basketball court.Basically, Marck Ekco is best single encapsulated by all the things you should avoid to do once you head a business.

“I’ve had a crazy, wild ride. I’ve done a lot of things that have been naive,” Ecko told The Post. “I’ll take my lumps for a lot of things that, in retrospect, were a little indulgent. Life happens. I don’t regret any of it.”