5 Big Ways That Teaching the Arts Grows Critical and Higher Order Thinking Skills.
Arts are an essential part of education. This value goes beyond the discipline of the arts as a career path for fine arts, media, art and design, marketing and communications. Teaching the arts in public schools has added value in benefits of long-term learning outcomes, supporting creative and critical thinking, improving life and learning skills, enhancing social skills and social cohesion and offers value added for career development. Arts education is a great model for teaching standards, quality, task completion, and project-based learning. Understanding “quality” develops and improves judgment, perseverance, an understanding of procedures, encourages students to internalize high standards, develops greater intelligence and industriousness. All of these benefits touch young people of all ages and have repercussions for society as a whole. They speak loud and clear to the importance of keeping the arts in public schools for generations to come.
The arts include a wide range of discipline, including music, visual arts, acting, game development, reading and writing, creative thinking, drama and dance to name but a few. All of these disciplines are essential to the development of young minds. They raise children and youth’s self-esteem, self-confidence, and the experience of success in these areas can help them perform better in other areas of academics, such as science and academics. By investing in the arts, we are supporting our youth in developing other skills. Studies show that children who learn music perform better in mathematics and youth who are involved in theater are far stronger readers and writers. These skills reinforce other areas of the curriculum and build on each other and for this reason, they are essential.
1. BUILDING IMAGINATION, CURIOSITY, and CREATIVITY!
- Supporting creative and critical thinking
- Improved life and learning skills
- Enhanced social skills and social cohesion
- Value-added career development