This morning’s Morning Pages prompt comes from Kendra, Ronnie, Savannah, and Alice:
“..Something strikes you when you move to America and travel around the world: Every education system on Earth has the same hierarchy of subjects. Every one. Doesn’t matter where you go. You’d think it would be otherwise, but it isn’t. At the top are mathematics and languages, then the humanities, and at the bottom are the arts.” – Ken Robinson
Do you feel like creativity is still advocated for in schools? Is education sacrificing creativity by having a rubric culture and an emphasis on tests? Are STEM schools taking priority over theater, music, and art classes? In your own school experience did you feel like your arts education was lacking? If so, how?
Art is impractical. From an economic standpoint, both the creation and enjoyment of art is something that takes away from production. Think of all the valuable, practical things that could be making life more efficient, solving world hunger, or cleaning garbage out of the oceans in the time that is spent on writing, painting, reading literature, or crafting sculptures. Likewise, think about the cultures of days gone by whose art we still have access to. Art is almost always a sign of a privileged society. There has to be an audience for it, and there has to be time for it.
Maths, Sciences, even Writing to a degree, all help a society to be more… well, productive. They are things that help you live life.
Art is something that makes life worth living.
Don’t get me wrong, I don’t think art is the thing that makes life worth living, but in the words of C.S. Lewis, it is something that adds value to living. From this, I understand why the STEM subjects are prioritized.
There also needs to be mention of the nature of art as “creative” and STEM as… I don’t know… less creative? But think where we would be if people like Isaac Newton or Renee Descartes weren’t as creative as they were interested in “fact” and science. We might be able to have food and shelter and the other necessities of human life without creativity, but what value would there be without the sharing of experience that comes from artistry?