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The Importance of Arts In Education

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This talk concerning The Importance of Arts in Education was delivered at Westminster College on March 23, 2009. My personal favorite part of the talk was revealing the percentage of GNP the arts represent---a real sabot for that certain kind of philistine social (and economic) conservative who wants to crush arts funding in schools. For that individual, here's an economic argument that almost sounds like an artifact of some capitalist Utopia. Considering we don't produce much in the U.S. anymore---the legacy of Bretton-Woods---at least we still export the arts.

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The Importance of Arts In Education

  1. 1. The Importance of Art in Education Jeffrey Gold March 23, 2009 1
  2. 2. What is Art? Art is an intellectual construct that gives rise to a positive emotional response when created with the correct intention. Eli Khamarov 2
  3. 3. The Arts • Hear • Touch • Music • Ballet • See • Dance • Painting • Speak • Photography • Poetry • Film • Think • Taste & Smell • Sciences • Culinary • Engineering 3
  4. 4. Arguments Against Liberal Agenda Not Important Detracts from Fundamentals Lack of Funding 4
  5. 5. Arguments Against • Students given wrong impression of working in the Arts as an economically unsustainable endeavor • “You can make a fortune, but you can’t make a living.” 5
  6. 6. Arguments For The arts embody the most profoundly central task of all education— the nuanced development of mind. European League of Institutes of the Arts 6
  7. 7. The Arts helps students achieve in the arts and in other academic disciplines • The arts have a special potential for engaging all students. • The traditional practices of the arts can improve teaching and learning in all areas. 7
  8. 8. The Arts prepare students for the workplace The arts demand: • high standards • discipline • analytical thinking • teamwork • creative thinking • persistence • innovation • follow-through • practice • product delivery 8
  9. 9. America’s ability to compete internationally • Other countries ensure their students develop mental and emotional capabilities 9
  10. 10. How are we doing right now? • $10,418 expended per student dollars 50 million students, $519 billion • Scientific Literacy (2006) • 486/1000 Phenomena (26/46) • 489/1000 Scientific Reasoning (26/46) • Mathematics (2006) • 474/1000 (Rank: 32/53) 10
  11. 11. pART of the United States economy • 6% of GNP • Positive trade balance • Local economies 11
  12. 12. Art brings parents to schools • Exhibit student works • Showcase student performances Artwork (c) Pily Torres 12
  13. 13. Lack of Funding • Federal and State Government funding is dwindling 13
  14. 14. Thank you 14

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