Updated: Aug 8, 2020
There is art and music and drama and performance in everything…yes, in everything.
In a rainstorm, a bright sunny day, a clear starry night.
In a hurricane, a tornado, a wild winter blizzard.
In life. In death.
In a field of flowers. In a trash can filled with garbage.
In mathematics, in science, in history and in literature.
It is how we learn about the past, and how we create the future.
William Shakespeare said "The music is all around you. All you have to do is listen."
Listen, Look and Hear.
The creative arts are the missing link in education.
Somewhere along the artful way creativity was degraded by good intentions into almost complete nonexistence in our educational curriculum.
Memorization and testing are useless in my opinion because they are not related to any creative action…
"I hear and I forget. I see and I remember. I do and I understand." ~ Confucius
The creative arts are essential elements in education, in learning, in developing, in maturing.
It is possible to include the creative arts in the core subjects of education.
It is possible to build a community of lifelong learners.
Students will become teachers and teachers will become students.
This monthly column will be devoted to sharing examples on how to include the creative arts in all core subjects in education because it is so important and because every day, everywhere, our children spread their dreams beneath our feet and we should listen to them, learn from them, and tread softly because they are the future.
Column by Joanne Vecchio