“Art, poetry and music are matters of survival. They are guardians and makers of the unbroken chain of what’s oldest and first in the human spirit.” Larens van der Post
parents and educators should keep this in mind when the difficult decisions come up concerning elementary and middle school curriculum; cutting art and music is truely cutting the chain of what is essential- our abilitiy to express what is important.
the creative spark that is ignited by the arts in a childs early years is what will give him or her the creative edge to be successful in our fast paced, ever changing future. As a society we must finally recognize that the arts are equally, if not more, important than the three Rs of past generations.
we should be thinking in terms of the 4 Rs of modern education: reading, ‘riting, ‘rithmatics and finally, ‘rts