Hey, Judy, do you know of a site or a list or any other source with
data about the importance of the arts? Like actual numeric data that
shows the impact of arts programs on test scores and student
achievement? I'm just curious -- that would come in handy when I have
to give my "sales pitch" to parents.
Also, the great Elliot Eisner, from the NAEA site:
<<Ten Lessons the Arts Teach
By Elliot Eisner
The arts teach children to make good judgments about qualitative
Unlike much of the curriculum in which correct answers and rules
prevail, in the arts, it
is judgment rather than rules that prevail.
The arts teach children that problems can have more than one solution
and that questions can have more than one answer.
The arts celebrate multiple perspectives.
One of their large lessons is that there are many ways to see and
interpret the world.
The arts teach children that in complex forms of problem solving
purposes are seldom fixed, but change with circumstance and
opportunity. Learning in the arts requires the ability and a
willingness to surrender to the unanticipated possibilities of the work
as it unfolds.
The arts make vivid the fact that neither words in their literal form
nor number exhaust what we can know. The limits of our language do not
define the limits of our cognition.
The arts teach students that small differences can have large effects.
The arts traffic in subtleties.
The arts teach students to think through and within a material.
All art forms employ some means through which images become real.
The arts help children learn to say what cannot be said.
When children are invited to disclose what a work of art helps them
feel, they must reach into their poetic capacities to find the words
that will do the job.
The arts enable us to have experience we can have from no other source
and through such experience to discover the range and variety of what
we are capable of feeling.
The arts? position in the school curriculum symbolizes to the young
what adults believe is important.
SOURCE: Eisner, E. (2002). The Arts and the Creation of Mind, In
Chapter 4, What the Arts Teach and How It Shows. (pp. 70-92). Yale
University Press. Available from NAEA Publications.>>
In an early teaching job I was introduced to the staff as "the new
We are not babysitters.
We are not interior decorators for the school.
We are not bulletin board fillers.
We are not just a means to celebrate the seasons or holidays.
We have the opportunity to become the most compelling educators in our
keep up the great work!