Findings from a recent American Institutes for Research study shows arts integration also has great potential for improving student learning in multiple disciplines. The award-winning series, The Global Search for Education, published by CMRubinWorld, asked expert educators from around the world: How can we maximize the value of art and music in education and how can it be blended with more traditional subjects?
“It is time to turn the traditional hierarchy… on its head and develop a generation of true thinkers and problem solvers through prominent art education for all,” because “Cloud computing, artificial intelligence, machine learning, and driverless vehicles are already creating a world where job unavailability is becoming common for millions. This makes a creative mindset more important than ever,” says educator and author Richard Wells in New Zealand
Pauline Hawkins in the United States asks, “If schools embraced this idea of art therapy, would we have as many children and teens suffering from stress and anxiety?” And she poses the question, “If art is therapeutic, why do we give it so little importance and relegate it to an elective in secondary schools?”
Educator Dana Narvaisa in Latvia offers examples of her school’s efforts to blend the arts with other subjects, and notes, “We are constantly monitoring students’ level of motivation and we have discovered that student engagement rises in every subject if the tasks and outcomes are meaningful and useful for them.”
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