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ERIC Number: ED434202
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1997
Pages: 14
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Arts and Earning a Living.
Packer, Arnold
The arts deserve a place in education, provided they are properly taught. Humans need art to make their world sensible, find patterns in their experiences, and gain insights into the future. Art, like life, rewards those who grasp new patterns and act on their interpretation of reality. A good education imparts the ability to recognize patterns and act on the resulting information. Economic change and increasing economic pressures are threatening the funding of many arts education programs. Arts educators must, therefore, change their approach to arts education and learn to marry the arts and relevant workplace know-how. If they are properly taught, knowledge of the arts can help equip all students with the know-how needed in the 21st century workplace. This help can come in at least three interrelated forms: (1) experiences in the arts that teach skills that can be transferred to the workplace; (2) knowledge of the arts that enhances effective communication; and (3) an "artful" approach to problem solving. The process of integrating important workplace skills into arts education is evident in the list of workplace competencies identified by the Secretary's Commission on Achieving Necessary Skills that were successfully incorporated into the curriculum of an 8-week theater arts project. (MN)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers
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Language: English
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