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The Importance of the Arts in Education

Interesting article on the importance of the Arts in education from the Washington Post. The clamour from the ‘back to basics’ brigade and the well-organised ministrations of the STEM advocates means that the Arts are often relegated in the school curriculum…

You don’t find school reformers talking much about how we need to train more teachers in the arts, given the current obsession with science, math, technology and engineering (STEM), but here’s a list of skills that young people learn from studying the arts. They serve as a reminder that the arts – while important to study for their intrinsic value – also promote skills seen as important in academic and life success.

Read more at the Washington Post: Top 10 Skills Children Learn from the Arts

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I'm convinced we can, as a species, do much better than this if we set our minds to being much more positive and productive towards our fellow humans. The solution is learning - creating independent and autonomous learners who can problem solve, innovate and create a better more equitable and sustainable world. My books, Future Proof Your School and Re-Examining Success together with this blog, explore how better learning outcomes for all can be achieved.

2 comments on “The Importance of the Arts in Education

  1. Terence Ayres
    September 12, 2016

    For over 20 years I served as hair of Governors of Primary School located in a deprived inner city area. When measured by SATs and other indicators the school was in danger of closure. We had the oportunity to appoint a new head teacher whose view on the importance of music, art etc. was different and positive. Like most schools in the 1990s money was in short supply so we embarked on a programme for art that was inclusive. In simple terms every painting and drawing was exhibited and signed by the artist – when eventually started winning prizes every pupil was part of that success, including paintings exhibitted at the RA. The spin of was that art and music and learning became inseparable and from being bottom of the league both the Head teacher and I was invited to No 10 to receive an award on behalf of the school. Plans by theLA to close the school was shelved.
    Terence

    • educationalist04
      September 12, 2016

      Thank you for your comment Terence. I think your experience amplifies the case. I go back to the idea that an education should encompass a thousand memorable moments, and many of those should be artistic in nature. I would like to see. for example, every child involved in at least one dramatic production in some capacity. For those of a utilitarian mindset, the experience of being in a production team in an artistic or technical element, is a great experience of teamwork and mutual accountability where everything needs to come together on the night and risk must be mitigated and contingencies planned!

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