Pleasure, beauty, and wonder

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Some food for thought:

Addressing an education conference in late 2006, Dan Gioia, then chairman of the National Endowment for the Arts, said that we need "a system that grounds all students in pleasure, beauty, and wonder." He added, "If we are going to compete productively with the rest of the world, it's going to be in terms of creativity and innovation."

In reporting this bold statement, Education Week (April 1, 2009) also shared the results of a study of 150 eminent scientists from Pasteur to Einstein completed by Robert Root-Bernstein. He found that nearly all of the great inventors and scientists were also musicians, artists, writers, or poets. Galileo, for example, was a poet and literary critic. Einstein was a passionate student o f the violin. And Samuel Morse, the inventor of the telegraph, was a painter.

Thanks to Julie Liddle of Art in Hand for forwarding me an e-mail with the above.

And thanks everyone for all of your wonderful comments about art supplies! I love reading about all your favorites!

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  1. says

    ‘a system that grounds all students in pleasure, beauty and wonder.’ wow- what a wonderful thought. It is reassuring to hear someone so influencial has been saying such an amazing thing. I support him full heartedly. I am happiest when I am being creative (right now my creative output is in the form of writing and illustrating books for my kids) and spending time close to nature.

  2. says

    You know having children involved in good art is not just for pleasure, beauty and wonder. When kids are allowed to create without doing copycat crafts they develop the right side of their brain, the creativity and creative problem solving skills that are so important in anything kids learn and do in life..
    I think that when the arts is only presented as the pleasure and beauty and wonder that kids get from it, people miss out on the really practical aspect of what kids get from good art

  3. says

    Faige, I think Dan Gioia was talking about the same thing as you are talking about. He connected “pleasure, beauty and wonder” with “creativity and innovation”, just as you mentioned “creativity and creative problem solving skills”