Exposing Kids to the Arts: The Possibilities are Endless...and Important - Page 3
We are only a decade or so into the twenty-first century. Our kids will not only inherit the mess we've created, they're victims of it. Though our current cultural climate has reduced classroom time devoted to the arts, it's crucial that for our kid's sake, we don't let the trend continue. The public has been seduced into thinking that the arts are not essential. But research has proven that involvement in the arts is associated with gains in math, reading, cognitive ability, critical thinking, and verbal skill. A Rand Report that examines the state of the arts in America, shows that learning can also improve motivation, concentration, confidence, and teamwork.
I want my kids to be motivated and confident. And they're going to need to be able to work well with others in their lives. When I think about what I want my kids to get out of their education, (and their lives) there are a few things that really interest me. Of course, like most parents, I want my children to be prepared to live independently. But I also want them to be interested and engaged in the world around them. Unless we teach our kids to connect to and empathize with others, all the math skills in the world won't help us survive the many crucial problems we are facing today as a society. In my mind, the best lesson we can give our kids is to help them learn about their own souls. From there, they can go anywhere.
Credit: Original artwork and photo by Lori Landau