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How can we apply arts and sciences into our whole education system?

In "Fabian Oefner: Psychedelic Science," he describes the similarities between Science and Art. He explains that both are a response to our surroundings, Art having an emotional approach and science having a rational approach. Also in "Mae Jemison: Teach arts and sciences together," Jemison explains that "science provides the understanding of a universal experience, and art provides a universal understanding of a personal experience."

Why don't we apply more art and science into our K-12 education system?

Fabian Oefner uses art to not only create a wonderful image, but to also create a visual picture of the vibration of the wave in sound. Doing more on hand things would help understand the topic better and maybe even make it simpler. So what if we used the art form of music to help students understand math better. Would math be more interesting to those who don't like math? Any form of art helps you understand many things, such as history, literature and it also makes you aware of your surroundings. In science, you study whats around you and become more analytical. What if we used Fabians art to get a better understanding of how chemicals work and how they react with different experiments. Not only will we get a better understanding of things, but our creativity will also expand.

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    Nov 21 2013: Alexis, The curriculum is no longer a issue controlled at the local or even the state level. We now have CORE and STEM in addition to the book publishers and the test developers that manage our syllabus, curriculum, and even daily allotment of time and resources.

    To implement change would have to start at the federal level .... all of the changes the federal government implemented are unfunded so your choice is what to eliminate to fund the requirements.

    Many schools are allowing student to pay to play in sports, do electives before or after school at their expense, etc ... the fact is that students are required four years of Math, science, and English or lose federal funding, the other major concern is technology that is four of the six hours ... most states require PE, history, and constitution .. that makes six.

    You did not share your country or location so I can only speak of the USA and my area which you can see. More info would provide a better answer.

    Bob.
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    Nov 19 2013: I think I understand you. You are talking about combination of art and other subjects in school?
    I think it is an interesting concept, because something like that, has been practiced in schools in mine country some time ago. It was "thematic classes", made because the way of school organization, by subjects, is incomprehensible for children way of thinking. (the concept of the "subjects" is not understandable for their way of thinking)

    So the thematic classes was based on the processing some theme for some period. For example, World War II. First overview history aspect, then literature about it (books, novels...), music from that period, pictures...Everything that touches that area.
    Bad side is that no one theme is that wide, that can touch every single subject that has to process in the school. But accent was on art and inclusion of it in some different aspects, because it was neglected by the school formalism.
  • Nov 19 2013: I see what you're trying to say here, and I must say I'm impressed by the idea. But I'm still not sure if the implementation of art into a studying environment will actually prove beneficial for the students. I agree that art helps understand many things around us, but I also believe that some things are just meant to be taught alone. This way, a stronger foundation is built regarding the subject, without any association made with art.
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    Nov 18 2013: Do you have particular educational settings in mind from your own experience that included little art and science? Which subjects would you have removed to make room for more of each?

    I know grade school teachers who were upset to have to reduce their coverage of social studies to increase time for science, as they thought social science was an important subject for teaching kids about the world outside their own cities or towns.. I know middle school teachers disturbed to see the physical education requirement waved for those who wanted to continue with arts. I have also heard counselors concerned about restricting kids' ability to complement requirements with electives representing their own individual interests.

    What would you like to see eliminated?