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Re: cognitive development

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jill huffman (lh27334)
Mon, 20 Apr 1998 00:32:58 -0500 (EST)

Amen and amen, art is certainly a tool that allows us to touch the lives
of those with need. I am interested in hearing about any art programs that
have been used successfully for youth at risk. Recently I had the pleasure
of hearing Betty L . discuss a stained glass program she has developed for
at risk youth. These student not only learn a skill but it is a trade a
contribution to their community.
Jill Huffman

On Sun, 19 Apr 1998, brenda jones wrote:

> 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.