AWESOME!!! I am going to xerox copies of this to hand out at the next
open house. Of course, I have my own spiel, but it always sounds
better when I can back it up with some kind of data from another
On 3/5/06, firstname.lastname@example.org <email@example.com> wrote:
> -----Original Message-----
> 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.
> NAEA has a new advocacy links page:
> http://www.naea-reston.org/research_advocacy.html >
> 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!
> kathy douglas
> in massachusetts
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