For me, Art is a two edged sword. There are two faces for art, one for
communication and one for entertainment. The two are not the same and should
not be confused as such. I put the communication side of art in the realm of
children and the learning process. Art for entertainment is an adult thing.
Art is the weapon of choice for communication by the youngest. Tots
can draw pictures before they can write words. Art continues to be the main
tool for educators for many years. So Art for communication is an extreme
necessity for schools. Hopefully the student will learn to use
words for communication and the need for art as a communicator ends. For an adult, art is simply a form of entertainment. The perpetuation and
support for adult art should be a private business and not a public expense.
UBob: "For an adult, art is simply a form of entertainment. The perpetuation
and support for adult art should be a private business and not a public
expense."I disagree. Art feeds the soul and inspires the mind.
That is a public good that is every bit as worthy, perhaps more so, of public
support than is public tax money going to support oil company profits.Do you really believe that we'd have the arts programs we have in our
community - the symphony, opera, ballet, art museums, etc., without a foundation
of public support?I am far happier that a tiny portion of my taxes
support the arts than I am the considerably larger portion that supports
privatized prisons and questionable real estate developments.
So once I turned 18 I should have stopped admiring things like DaVinci's
Last Supper or a fine performance by the Utah Symphony? Sorry,
Ultra Bob, but I think you're missing something there.
After a lot of dialogue the author finally got to the core of the argument for
arts in school "The arts programs are there to nurture and encourage
creativity.." David Brooks said it very well in his recent book, arts in the
schools are there to educate the whole person..arts educate the soul. I
disagree with the author that the arts should be there as some form of
substitute, but arts need to be in the schools as a compliment to math and
science..after all math and science are really about creativity.
Don't you realize what is really important in the schools? Football and
basketball! Much more important than the Arts - unless possibly it is a marching
or pep band to support Football and Basketball. Gotta have priorities! Art
languishes while the football team gets new uniforms.
I am an elementary visual arts teacher. There are so many more advantage to
having the arts in our schools than not.1. In this fast moving tech
age that we live in one of the most important skills a child can develop is a
creative mind. The jobs and technology they will be involved in as adults do
not exist right now. Along with writing, art is the easiest way to cultivate
creativity.2. Kids who otherwise "fail" in school can
succeed in art. One of my 6th grade Special Ed students created some art that
was fantastic. I asked him to show the class. The class was impressed and
showed it in their reaction. This kid left art that day knowing that he was
good at something and that his peers knew it too - a rare feeling for him.3. Humans are not just thinkers and gatherers of information, but
feelers too. The arts help us express and find joy in that side of life. Adults
and children alike use art to communicate. If we only educate the mind we
educated half the person.
Blue.“ Art feeds the soul and inspires the mind.”These words mean nothing to me. I have yet to discover a soul in me,
let alone feel it’s hunger. And while I can be inspired by beauty, I am
pained by the ugly, disgusting and weird things in life. I would
not prohibit symphony, opera, ballet, art museums, hunting, fishing, hiking,
books, and all the other things people might choose to do. I do object to their
insistence that I should pay for their choices.I find it improper
that people who would not help their neighbor with a sickness would readily help
him pay for a ticket to the ballet. one old man. What
you do for entertainment is your own business, not mine. Ultra.Art is school good. Art in adult world is not a government job.
Terrific letter. The arts save kids. Kids that are lost, marginalized, even
bullied, often find solace and direction in the arts. Taking them out of
schools is to perpetuate cruelty.
Ultra, I agree that "What you do for entertainment is your own business, not
mine."So why are you so concerned about it?But the
fact remains, that good arts programs in our schools enrich all of us -- if we
seek enriching things, that is.For those who are content to live in
a bleak world -- those who would say something like, "These words mean
nothing to me. I have yet to discover a soul in me, let alone feel it’s
hunger. And while I can be inspired by beauty, I am pained by the ugly,
disgusting and weird things in life." I can only feel pity.
You don't know what you're missing.
It has been shown repeatedly that children who have music and art education and
training do better in reading and math. They compliment each other. But since
when is mental and cultural development a priority in the schools? Lets get our
priorities straight. We have to have a good football team or all is lost. If it
takes cutting the arts in order to have inter school sports, so be it. After
all, our society needs more athletes than we need people who are refined and
cultured and who can think.