Given the current obsession with science, math, technology and engineering (STEM) in schools, here is a list of skills that young people learn from studying the arts. They serve as a reminder that the arts, while important to study for their intrinsic value, also promote skills seen as important in academic and life success. That’s why some people talk about changing the current national emphasis on STEM to STEAM, written by Lisa Phillips an author, blog journalist, arts and leadership educator, speaker and business owner.
Top 10 Skills Children Learn from the Arts From Katherine Frey at the Washington Post January 2013. The first skill, Creativity helps by being able to think on your feet, approach tasks from different perspectives and think ‘outside of the box’ will distinguish your child from others. Other skills include confidence, problem-solving, perseverance and focus. These are invaluable tools to help children navigate success in life in any career.
The fact that it is not right-brain but rather “whole-brain” that makes innovation possible is reported by Aviv Consulting (2013), Evan Williams the founder of Blogger and Twitter: “Williams accidentally stumbled upon three insights. First, that genuinely new ideas are, well, accidentally stumbled upon rather than sought out; second, that new ideas are by definition hard to explain to others, because words can express only what is already known; and third, that good ideas seem obvious in retrospect” (http://tinyurl.com/kjze7ke).
Through the arts, children practice working together, sharing responsibility, and compromising with others to accomplish a common goal. They begin to understand that their contribution is necessary for the success of the group. Through these experiences children gain confidence and start to learn that their contributions have value even if they don’t have the biggest role.
Check out AmadorArts.org. It is a great resource of how a local community is supporting the efforts to accomplish the goal of Art and Education!
Every child is an artist. The problem is how to remain an artist once we grow up.
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