Arts in Education

The article starts with the caution:

“To lose our culture is to lose our memory”

In this interview of Sir Ken Robinson, one of the revolutionary thinkers on education and a strong advocate of creativity as an integral part of the education process, he talks of his thoughts of arts in education and starts by saying:

I believe that the arts should be on an equal footing in schools with the sciences, humanities, languages and physical education.

In his inimitable style, he talks of the balance that is required, the hierarchy of subjects (he prefers disciplines) and a holistic view of integrating all disciplines. There is a critical view of how the systems that we have adopted for the education process take a narrow view of knowledge and intelligence and that the education system is serving the specific needs of the military-industrial complex; becoming an economic prerogative

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Sir Ken’s ability to breakdown a complex issue in the most simplest form is his greatest strength; a teacher, in the true sense of the word. Before you head off to read the very delightful interview, I’ll leave you with this excerpt:

Another problem is that in this country there is a culture of standardized testing based on right or wrong types of answers. However, if you are looking at someone’s paintings, reading their poetry, or listening to music, then you are focusing on a whole array of factors. We have a tendency to make the measurable important versus the important measurable. The arts are about textures of meaning and understanding, and qualities of perception and expression. This does not mean that they cannot be assessed, but it is difficult to reduce them to simple paper and pencil tests. (Emphasis, mine)

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