The date on this fabulous graphic is 1977! Now, more than 30 years later, it is clear that 21st Century Education must include the arts. I love Pablo Picasso’s quote, “All children are artists, the problem is, how to remain an artist.” In this space, it will be a mission to include artistic expression into curricular decision making and assessment. For example, after becoming acquainted with a 3 week civics unit during the first weeks of school, students will collaboratively create commercials to impress upon others their learning.
This graphic resonated with me as I contemplate ways to incorporate the four art forms shown: theater, music, dance and visual art. Here is another great quote from Steve Jobs, “It is in Apple’s DNA that technology alone is not enough—it’s technology married with liberal arts, married with the humanities, that yields us the results that make our heart sing.”
Teachers hear the “skinny” about what is said on the suburban sidewalk about their reputation and practice. (BTW many times these musings are just that—amusing), anyway, I heard that some parents were calling me “the teacher of song and dance”. At first, this was a bit daunting; however, after contemplating it for a while, I decided to like that.
I was an artist before I was a teacher, and I have always loved blending expression into my teaching craft. The arts are a secret in regard to student engagement and excitement. That Pied Piper was onto something.