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December 3, 2012

Snippets of My Online Ramblings, Part I

by Heidi Zeigler Twitchell

“The arts play critical role education. When learning is approached through, with and by the visual and performing arts, creativity is cultivated, innovative thinking is fostered and imagination is both celebrated & enhanced. Learning occurs with far greater depth and breadth, thereby increasing retention, comprehension and academic achievement. Student engagement, intrigue, higher order thinking skills and motivated pursuit of lifelong learning are catalyzed. The effects upon students’ social, emotional and cognitive growth are tremendous and invaluable. Moral, practical and ethical character traits are developed and strengthened. Culture- our humanity, is celebrated, developed and perpetuated. Without these significant and research-proven effects, the progress of our society cannot be ensured. Yet still… we’ve seen nothing but degeneration in the presence of and given value to the arts in education. Perhaps we ought to call them something different? Maybe then, they will listen, they will respond, they will act… they will search creatively for ways by which to provide the arts, for all…”

“The Creativity Crisis in the U.S. is very REAL. Creativity is being suppressed in today’s schools rather than cultivated and nourished. Innovation and progress is being stifled. Meaningful, purpose driven and effective learning has become a novelty. We’re starving for culture and healthy modes of expression. We’re thirsting for purpose and meaning as we’re neglecting to foster the creativity that is innate in us all. Humanity is dying. Employers already are complaining that college graduates are lacking the social skills, resourcefulness, critical thinking and other vital skills needed for success, employment and fulfillment. The starving artist population is growing, reflecting a society that increasingly undervalues the tremendous power and potential of the arts. There are solutions, but your cheerleading is insufficient- your active help is needed.  Don’t wait for someone to tell you what you can do… start asking around- you won’t have difficulty finding a need that’s waiting to be filled.”

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