Why teach art?

Thinking skills

An article written by Ellen Winner and Lois Hetland for the Boston Globe in 2007 promotes learning creativity: “However, there is a good reason why schools teach art, and art supporters are not reluctant to back down. , We found that arts programs teach a set of specific thinking skills that are rarely addressed elsewhere in the curriculum – and that it does not apply to an experimental education system, which is especially important because art education has a narrow impact on what standardized test schools, such as MCAS, teach. “

And why shouldn’t they? Dr. Betty Edwards, the best-selling author of “Drawing On the Right Side Of The Brain”, advocates for the use of our right hemisphere hemisphere and writes excellent courses that reveal the inherent underdevelopment of this side of the brain. Many educational programs, founded in the United States in the 1800s, favor left hemisphere instruction. Understandably, we were already essentially agricultural, and we are steadily rising to play a leading role in the Industrial Revolution. The music, drama, and art counseling in the one-room schoolhouse soon transitioned into larger and larger classrooms, and the original production technology of the New World shone a bright light on the future horizons of American youth.

Space competition

By the 1900s, those artistic programs were in decline. Sputnik launched a “space race” and a full emphasis on learning science and math and changed school curricula forever. With the realization that America rapidly became a service and technology-oriented nation in the 1980s and 1990s, our manufacturing industry shrank and a new era of technology changed the future light of school children. Again, in public and private schools across the country, the importance of that left hemisphere is well illustrated by Dr. Betty Edwards as the time counter, the data seeker, the logician, the number breaker, the financier, the employee. Graphs and Charts Our schools will redefine what our youth have been taught.

Rich creative thinking

What we have not yet realized is that many scientific, mathematical, legal, and financial positions require creativity, and that “thinking outside the box” has made great strides in these areas. For that, creative thinking enhances any part of our lives. how?

When we receive information, if we are trained primarily in the American education system, we process it as data, that is, it represents the day, time, chart, factor, financial, reliable, fact-orienting element that governs our lives. This is our cognitive reality. Of course, those who are best trained to process this data have a good chance of doing well in our culture. Can creativity make us better? Yes, because by emphasizing only one hemisphere of our brain, we do not really have a complete picture. We are not cognizant of all the options our amazing brains can give us. Therefore, we are severely limited: economic, cultural, political and spiritual.

The whole brain

The development of our entire brain, the brain philosophy of ancient Western culture, is still alive and well in many cultures today. But as the global economy proliferates, education patterns are shifting toward education in the left hemisphere. Will we eventually inherit a global, two-pronged perspective, severely limiting the capabilities of our brains to the left and delaying the use of the right? Will there be any such limited offspring in the future?


This prospect is boring and hopeless, just science fiction. If we choose to cut through the very rich resources of the South, through cultural choices, children and future children will inherit a two-dimensional world that suppresses creativity, avoids innovation and creative research, and blocks poetry, theater, and artists. Attempts and, ultimately, cuts off a very powerful resource. The world is likely to suffer because of our limitations to creative thinking.

Here is my challenge. Learn your right side! You will be stronger, better equipped to deal with what the world has to offer, at first, if you have difficulty, well, go ahead, jump into the hot pool of creativity.

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