Blush Nine Posted about 3 years ago Are the arts (music, dance, visual art, etc.) as important to teach in public schools as mathematics and sciences? I think the biggest problem with art education is the content, context, methods, and objectives they typically employ. I've been fortunate to have had a few good art, and one good music teacher in the past. The rest have been rather mediocre to terrible. While I doubt not their capacity in their own right, they lack the instructional material and guidance to cultivate it in their pupils. Because of its rather subjective nature, Art requires to some degree an affinity for it. Naive perspectives tell us that everyone can appreciate art, but the real question is at what point does it become appreciably useful or not to students. This is no different than those studying physics. At some point, trying to beat material in to a student's brain becomes detrimental, leaving the student with a complete hatred for the subject and a complete waste of resources. Especially if that student turns out to be a prodigy in some other field of interest. Reflecting on Robinson, "digitizing" answers in to correct and incorrect choices is an unfortunate consequence of those that employ a measurement of success. Robinson addresses an important issue but it is simplistic at best and deals with extremely young ages. If you are a parent that has such a narrow viewpoint you give your children medication for behavioral disturbances, you don't deserve them. Children are vastly volatile characters. They are supposed to be. You lack this understanding, then you were not ready to reproduce. If you are disappointed by your child that does not score high on tests, I suggest next time you go out and buy one that is full matured with pedigrees already accomplished, instead of trying to grow your own. If you insist on growing your own, make a couple dozen and discard the ones that don't succeed. What displeases me about Robinson's lecture is that he needs to speak about this at all. It sickens me to think there's an epidemic of performance worry among parents.