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Re: art and educational/spiritual development


From: Neal Rosenblum (nrose757_at_TeacherArtExchange)
Date: Wed May 29 2002 - 06:42:46 PDT

Notable professor of education and art at Stanford University, Elliot
Eisner, stated "Great art has something unique to provide. The ability
to experience such art enlightens a kind of critical-mindedness. The
ability to experience the arts of a culture is not an automatic
consequence of maturation. What children are able to think about, what
they are able to experience, the distance their imaginative lives allow
them to travel, is shaped by the kind of educational lives they have an
opportunity to lead. ...Children who have not learned how to see will not
be able to write, not because they cannot spell, but because they have
nothing to say. Challenging a child to talk and write about what they
see will help them develop stronger speaking and writing skills."