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10 LESSONS THE ARTS TEACH: 

 

1. The arts teach children to make good judgments about qualitative 
    relationships.  Unlike much of the curriculum in which correct answers 
    and rules prevail, in the arts, it is judgment rather than rules that prevail.

 

2. The arts teach children that problems can have more than one 
    solution,  and that questions can have more than one answer.
 
3. The arts celebrate multiple perspectives.
    One of their large lessons is that there are many ways to see and
    interpret the world.
 
4. The arts teach children that in complex forms of problem solving
     purposes are seldom fixed, but change with circumstance and opportunity
.   Learning in the arts requires the ability and 
    willingness to surrender to the unanticipated possibilities of the 
    work as it unfolds.
 
5. The arts make vivid the fact that neither words in their literal nor 
    numbers exhaust what we can know. The limits of our language do 
    not define the limits of our cognition.
 
6. The arts teach students that small differences can have large effects.
    The arts traffic in subtleties.
 
7. The arts teach students to think through and within a material.
    All art forms employ some means through which images become real.
 
8. The arts help children learn to say what cannot be said.
     When children are invited to disclose what a work of art helps them
     feel, they must reach into their poetic capacities to find the words 
     that will do the job.
 
9. The arts enable us to have experiences we can have from no other 
    source and through such experience to discover the range and variety 
    of what we are capable of feeling.
 
10. The arts' position in the school curriculum symbolizes to 
      the young what adults believe is important.
 
 
SOURCE: Eisner, E. (2002). The Arts and the Creation of Mind, In Chapter 4, What the Arts Teach and How It Shows. (pp. 70-92). Yale University Press. Available from NAEA Publications



 


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