Rationale 

A first virtue of an effective arts education is helping children learn to see what they look at, hear what they listen to, and feel what they touch.  

Elliot W. Eisner

 

Since its onset, the mission of public education in the United States has been to produce an educated, productive, and responsible citizenry.  Historically, the approach to meet this goal has been to fill students with factual information and trade skills. With this training a person could enter the workforce and be a productive member of society. Today, the needs have changed. The factual information is now stored and organized with vast quantities of computer technology. Many of the traditional trade skill positions have been replaced with computerized machinery. Society needs citizens that can utilize and critique the information, problem-solve on a local and global scale, work collaboratively, communicate their ideas clearly, and who are self -motivated learners. Integrating arts throughout the curriculum allows these educational aims to succeed on all levels. The arts reach all children at their level and experience, to build a collaborative work environment, teach higher level thinking skills for problem solving and communicating, and instill a love for life-long learning.

 

Perspectives

  Have you ever looked into the faces of your students and noticed that they donít seem to be following you? Their eyes are blank and they seem to be fidgeting. Do you want your students to learn and retain more, while having fun at school? Integrate the Arts using the Multiple Intelligences theory and you will experience teaching and learning in a new way. Click below for the rationale you need to help you understand the importance of integrating the Arts in education. 

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