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cognitive development

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brenda jones (cfifly)
Sun, 19 Apr 1998 17:22:13 -0500


I do have the feeling, certainly, that arts help with cognitive growth.
But, I also feel strongly that there is a content unique to the arts and
it has to do with the spirit of human beings. Of course, I am not
talking about religion, but I am talking about what it means to make
sense of this world, what it means to be human in all aspects. This
means, arts help us to understand how to feel deeply, to know what it
means universally to have pain, joy, excitement, loss. When we really
understand this, we know more than cognitive facts. We know how to
connect with people. We know how to empathize with those who have lost
someone, we know how to share the joy with those who are celebrating,
etc. We have something universal that connects us in a very real sense
with others. I think we are the only part of the curriculum that does
this. And, sorry to sound sappy, but when we ignore this part of the
arts, we ignore human life. No wonder we have so many individuals who
have no direction. I won't go on and on here, although I could. Find the
recent Art Education magazine and the article by Eliott Eisner. He says
it wonderfully. This article will give you another side of the issue of
cognition.

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