Today I see many commercials in the public service inviting us to support performing and beautiful arts in public education.
It is clear that as a nation we have become so humble or uncomplicated that we can no longer see the need to teach art in our schools. Now we have our children pleading with us on TV ads to keep arts education alive. This is a sad situation for us and our children because art is what really separates us from monsters and allows us to rise above the mundane life work. Like many others, I think art should be at the center of education, not just because it is good for us. Art stimulates the child’s cognitive and emotional areas, as well as his motor skills, leading to learning, discovery, creativity, and motivation.
Academics are very important of course, but often stimulate a very small part of a student’s mind and heart. There are three main areas of learning: cognitive (reason), emotional (emotions or feelings), and motor skills (practice). These three areas are the key to our thinking / logic, learning, problem solving, and creativity. A sound (cognitive) mind is capable of assimilating and processing information, which can then be applied, if preserved and used, to an individual’s life. Emotions and feelings (emotional) are closely related to an individual’s learning, as they help to preserve and apply information, as well as stimulate the desire to know more. Vision, hearing, speaking, and the ability to write, walk, and run are part of an individual’s motor skills. Without these three areas, learning, and needless to say, would be impossible. Reading, writing, mathematics and science stimulate areas of cognitive and motor skills very effectively, but emotional often changes slightly.
If we think of our school days, it must be remembered that memorizing facts and successfully transmitting them in tests was our main concern as students. This is a big part of the learning process, and I don’t deny it, but where does emotional dominance play an important role in this teaching process? In much of this form of learning, emotionalism is absent, and therefore, many educational materials, just learned, have no real application in an individual’s life and are forgotten. I remember very little about high-level mathematics, the periodic table and scientific terms. why is that? It had nothing to do with my life or touched me deeply. This does not mean that I, or anyone else, should not have taken math and science lessons, but what I am saying is that academics are less effective than they can, because they tend to ignore the emotional field.