Creativity Just As Important As Math And Science (article)
Today, art education has been put on the back burner, with an increase in emphasis on math and science in our society. While this is not a bad thing in the least, it takes away from other forms of education, for example art education, of its importance.
Almost everyone has heard of the benefits of art education. Playing an instrument promotes concentration and discipline in kids while helping improve their math skills, reading and writing music establish mental organization, and art in general promotes creativity and teach children that problems can have more than one solution and that questions can have more than one answer.
“Creativity and creation are taught in many ways in many courses. Art is an example of a class where both are taught. I think creativity and creation are two of the most valuable skills an employee can have in any field. Thus, there is value in art,” math teacher Mr. Orsini said.
“We use a system here which is the dynamic creative process and in the dynamic creative process we teach you how to problem solve in a more abstract manner instead of a more formally driven manner. That way when you come upon a problem in the future, you’ll be able to use the skill sets that you use in art to come up with a creatively and out of the box way to solve a problem,” art teacher Boyles said.
Yes, science and math are essential, especially in today’s job market. However, if we only place an emphasis on these subjects we are not only depriving kids of a good education, we are depriving them of self-expression.
As Steve Jobs once said “It is in Apple’s DNA that technology alone is not enough—its technology married with liberal arts, married with the humanities, that yields us the results that make our heart sing.”