I recently came across an article which argues that the arts teach valuable life and career lessons. A few highlights from the post in favour of arts in the education system:
- If you can successfully run an arts effort such as a theatre group, then you've liked picked up transferable skills in the areas of team building, budget management, goal setting, time management, leadership and conflict resolution. I would add to that sales, marketing, and relationship building. If these sound like business skills, you're right.
- Many students rely on creative thinking and learning through the arts which then ultimately boost results in other studies. For example, music can provide structure, thinking patterns and self confidence.
- Arts require collaboration. Collaboration requires sensitivity and empathy. What kind of a world would it be without these traits?
As interviewee David J. Murray observed,
Arts are not a luxury. They help drive everything that makes life worth living."