Blog : Arts In Schools

In the tradition of 5th-Grade productions everywhere, School Play works best when it involves the whole community. We’ve gathered a continuous selection of thoughts (both big and small) below.

Hey, our baby is growing up! Looks like SCHOOL PLAY is helping to teach some of America's favorite teachers! Thanks, Lyn Hilt for this nice review.

"Education, in a way, dislocates people from their natural talents," says creativity expert, Sir Ken Robinson. In his recent, wonderful talk at TED, he rightly points out, "Human communities depend on a diversity of talent, not a singular conception of ability."

Want to know Ken's answer to the 'education problem'? Pick up a copy of his excellent book, "The Element". And check out his fantastic talk at TED 2010:

Bravo, Florida.  Eric Smith, the state's Education Commissioner points out that engaging students in the arts gives them valuable tools as adults. Creativity, abstract thinking and "coming up with ways to do things differently"--all core elements of the artistic process--will be essential for adults who want high-paying jobs in the future. You can read the (very short) article here.

Now my two cents. Smith's point speaks not just to the core of budget cuts that threaten arts in the schools, but to something that's been bugging me for a long time: the pervasive problem of modern toys and video games that provide such a "rich user experience" that there's no need for the child to employ any imagination of their own.

What ever happened to picking up a stick and instantly turning it into a rocket ship? I shudder to think of all the synapse connections that aren't being made because all the work is being done for you.