Reflections

24

May

2019

24 May 2019

"The study of the arts is integral to our society and culture as it is art that connects deeply with what makes us human..."

Last week and this week we have had the Dalat Fine Arts Festival give us as a community a chance to highlight the creativity and talents of our students. If you have attended one of the concerts or perused the art around campus you can see how amazingly creative our students really are.

An education in the arts (performance and visual) is a crucial part of the development and growth of each child. The study of the arts is integral to our society and culture as it is art that connects deeply with what makes us human and helps to complete us as people. There is a universal need for words, music, dance, and visual art to give expression to the innate urgings of the human spirit. (Eisner, 1987)

A few years ago a TED talk video of Sir Ken Robinson talking about the importance of the arts in school went viral with it being viewed over 24 million times. His talk is inspiring and encourages us to support and prioritize the arts in our curriculum. Here is the link to the video and I encourage you to take time to watch it:

Written by Karl Steinkamp

Karl Steinkamp is passionate about Dalat International School and training up young people. Karl was a student at Dalat and returned with a degree in education as a student teacher, high school principal, and now Head of School since 2006.
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