• Ten Lessons that the Arts Teach

     

    • The arts teach children to make good judgements about qualitative relationships.
    • Unlike much of the curriculum in which correct answers and rules prevail, in the arts, it is judgements rather than rules that prevail.
    • The arts teach children that problems can have more than one solution and that questions can have more than one answer.
    • The arts celebrate multiple perspectives.
    • One of their large lessons is that there are many ways to see and interpret the world.
    • The arts teach children that in complex forms of problem solving, purposes are seldom fixed, but change with opportunity.
    • Learning in the arts requires the ability and the willingness to surrender to the unanticipated possibilities of the work as it unfolds.
    • The arts make vivid the fact that neither words in their literal form nor numbers exhaust what we can know.
    • The limits of our language do not define the limits of our cognition.
    • The arts teach students that small differences can have large effects. The arts traffic in subtleties.