Ten Lessons the Arts Teach
By Elliot Eisner
- The arts teach children to make good judgments about qualitative relationships.
- The arts teach children that problems can have more than one solution and that questions can have more than one answer.
- The arts celebrate multiple perspectives.
- The arts teach children that in complex forms of problem solving purposes are seldom fixed.
- The arts make vivid the fact that neither words in their literal form nor numbers exhaust what we can know.
- The arts teach students that small differences can have large effects.
- The arts teach students to think through and within a material.
- The arts help children learn to say what cannot be said.
- The arts enable us to have experience we can have from no other source.
- The arts’ position in the school curriculum symbolizes to the young what adults believe is important.