An interesting article (“Interest in Arts Predicts Social Responsibility“) in Science Daily reports a U of Illinois at Chicago study. “People with an active interest in the arts contribute more to society than those with little or no such interest, researchers found. …. Participation in the arts predicted civic engagement, tolerance, and altruism.”
Tell me again why politicians want to cut arts funding and arts education? Cutting arts education to ‘save $’ is like cutting off your head to lose weight. Very effective for a very short time and then there is a terrible mess and problems for a long time afterwards…
It’s always a nice feeling when you get wind of goings-on that makes you think: I’m not alone. Below are excerpts from an article by Scott Travis in the Sun Sentinel of south Florida.
“The School Board unanimously passed a resolution Wednesday opposing standardized testing as the primary means for evaluating schools, students and teachers. They say there is so much focus on students doing well on the Florida Comprehensive Assessment Test that it’s thwarting teacher creativity and hindering students’ ability to learn. [my italics]
Although this blog focuses on classical improve, we are also passionately interested in creativity in general and creativity in arts education (or any education, for that matter). We are very interested in spreading the word that what the World (and schools) Needs Now is a very healthy shot of a “whole brain” approach to education. Small minds in governing bodies (chockablock with lawyers and business folks) are interested in cheap (i.e. no-cost), instant fixes in education (notably All Children Left Behind – “Is Our Children Learning”?) rather than long-range and effective curriculum planning. There. I said it (again). I feel better. Sort of, for a little while. Anyway, we try to keep our ears open for trends and sentiments in this direction. We would like to share some recent clippings and videos from all kinds of online sources from all over the globe. Read on.
Arts learning experiences play a vital role in developing students’ capacities for critical thinking, creativity, imagination, and innovation. These capacities are increasingly recognized as core skills and competencies all students need as part of a high-quality and complete 21st-century education.
–Sandra Ruppert, President of Art Education Partnership
That Great Candy Store that is the internet is alternately an Intergalactic Level time waster and brilliant serendipity machine (www.stumbleupon.com being the capital city of the realm of Serendip). A recent find was “Blogging Innovation” – among my hobbies is haunting various blogs on creativity, creative thinking, innovation, etc. The lead article was “Creativity and the State of the Union” by Tom Tresser. The theme of the article is about how this country can do better in the areas of innovation and creativity. He notes that politicians and business have paid lip service to this idea for years, but they have missed the boat not realizing how to build innovation into the system as well getting what you pay for (in the moment, the most widespread political policy consists of hoping that the tooth fairy or some other miracle will make it all happen without any material support from anyone).
What is maddening in America is most people have been separated from their culture. They have been told there’s a special privileged class of artists who have a special insight. A normal person doesn’t have this insight. That is a monstrous lie, and it is hideous because it is taught to us early on. We are taught we’re not artists. Every single day we’re reminded. The special students are isolated in a class and told, ‘You’re special, you go on. The rest of you, please become middle-class and boring.’
–Peter Sellars in Bill Moyers’ A World of Ideas II; Public Opinions from Private Citizens