Importance of Art Education

January 5, 2009 | Commentbe the first to comment, you know you want to! |

Taken from: Guest column: Arts education key to creative thinkers
DIANE E. FRANKEN

“Countries will depend on a deep vein of creative people… The best employers the world over will be looking for the most competent, most creative and most innovative people on the face of the Earth and will be willing to pay them top dollar for their services. This will be true not just for the top professionals and managers, but up and down the length and breadth of the work force.”
– Sir Ken Robinson, international lecturer, author and business consultant on creativity, states: “America’s educational system continues to stress the skills needed in the past, ignoring the real needs of today’s work force. The biggest mistake is educating people to be become good workers, rather than creative thinkers. Creativity is central to the practice of science and business and more. … The heart of this argument is that knowledge can be generated in many ways other than in words and numbers. … We need an education that values different modes of intelligence.”

Kellie