Top 10 skills children learn from the arts

This was written by Lisa Phillips is an author, blog journalist, arts and leadership educator, speaker and business owner. To learn about Lisa’s book, “The Artistic Edge: 7 Skills Children Need to Succeed in an Increasingly Right Brain World,” click here. This was posted by Valerie Strauss in the Washington Post.

You don’t find school reformers talking much about how we need to train more teachers in the arts, given the current obsession with science, math, technology and engineering (STEM), but here’s a list of skills that young people learn from studying the arts. They serve as a reminder that the arts — while important to study for their intrinsic value — also promote skills seen as important in academic and life success.

The skills she lists are: creativity, confidence, problem solving, perseverance  focus, non-verbal communication, receiving constructive feedback, collaboration, dedication and accountability.

Couldn’t agree more.

Read the whole thing here:

http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/answer-sheet/wp/2013/01/22/top-10-skills-children-learn-from-the-arts/

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