This morning Eilis, a friend of Pam’s, explained to a councillor that funding for art education should be increased because businesses want creativity and the Renaissance flourished because science and art merged.
At the same time a report by The Creative Industries Federation and the Institution of Civil Engineers, saying similar things was being publicised. Their report argues that creative subjects like the performing arts, design, music and film studies lead to children developing the skills needed in design, engineering and computer gaming. This is a healthy initiative.
It is clearly important to have a solid grounding in science, maths and literacy.. Without that you don’t understand the world you live in, can’t read, write nor count. The quantitative aptitude is important.
But without the language, art and creative side you have low quality. Humankind’s successes are born of communication, imagination, stories. We create culture through song, dance, fashion, art, music, books, …
It’s common sense that life is more fulfilling the more you engage with it Diversity of experience, sight, sound, taste, touch, aroma lead to a fuller appreciation of life and enhance the ability to engage mental and emotional, even spiritual faculties.
The education system is ripe for emergence. ICT combined with what we know about humans, curriculum and pedagogy are opening education and enhancing access to art and science. Both sides of the brain.