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Iwould like to comment on your analysis of the seemingly opposing =
studies of the arts and the regular curriculum. As it is right now, =
much of what is taught in the regular classroom does indeed focus on =
"right answer", constrictive left brained activities. However, this =
does not have to be the case. The integration of arts into other =
disciplines or teaching other disciplines through art (or vice versa) =
definitely help bridge that awful gap that can stifle kids' interest =
and creativity. Although it takes more time, I have also seen some =
excellent science activities that promote critical, analytical and =
divergent thinking. If we don't give our students skills in =
problem-solving, analysis, communication and other similar items, our =
society will find that our future workers are incapable of coming up =
with creative solutions=AD or even communicating those ideas! =
Indeed, the arts play a key role in developing those prized skills =
that businesses so desparately desire.
As art educators, we need to continually remind our colleagues and =
community that the arts are an integral part of the curriculum and =
the children's future=AD not just a play time or prep period.