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Uses of VISUAL ART in Education

What place does ART have in education? Well, that depends on how you have come to understand what "Art" is. I use the quotation marks to illustrate the difference between art as a concept and art as an object.
Some teachers understand art class as "that place kids go during my prep period". And since school subjects have been taught in silos for so long, it's easy to cordon off a little section of our brains where art class exists separate from all of the "core" curriuculum.
However, recent quantitative research has shown that creative thinking is a critical skill for survival in 21st century economies.
A recent article in Education Week touts arts education as the "Key to U.S. Innovation Agenda".




What ART Does for Students

Quite simply, ART makes kids THINK FOR THEMSELVES.
In art, there are no "right" answers. Too many students come to think of learning as a "right" and "wrong" activity. Education has become synonymous with testing, knowing, grading, evaluating, passing and failing. Students need to understand that information can and should be questioned. Art forces learners to use critical thinking skills which help them develop criteria for attaching value to ideas and information.



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