The Powerful Impact of Arts in our Education

As high school students, a lot of times, we don’t really have the motivation to complete our school work, because we may prioritize other things like social media over our academic requirements. However, this isn’t just a phase that we go through. It’s more of a state of mind that remains for a very long time, if it is not addressed soon enough. The main issue here is with our schools that institutionalize us so much to follow the norms that we just don’t ever get out of our heads. This causes us to lose our creative energy and waste time.

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There is a solution to this, though. Recent studies have shown significant academic improvement linked to participating in the arts, whether that be in painting, drawing, writing poetry, playing and producing music, or even inventing something. According to the Dana Consortium Report on Arts and Cognition published by Harvard University, “an interest in a performing art leads to a high state of motivation that produces the sustained attention necessary to improve performance and the training of attention that leads to improvement in other domains of cognition.” Also, there are links between musical training and the ability to manipulate information in both working and long-term memory. The arts are clearly something we need to invest our time into, so we can gain all that creative energy to apply to our subjects in school.

Nowadays, pop culture and social media has made it really difficult to truly appreciate and delve into the fine arts, although many people still do. Taking a break from the loud, disruptive world to admire a work of art, or practice a musical piece is definitely worth the time. Even on a weekday when there are a bunch of assignments piled up, the brain needs time to unwind and rejuvenate itself for the following days. Aesthetics are definitely the solution to having more creativity, and juxtaposing ideas into a more sensible approach. So, I encourage you to find something you are truly passionate about, besides the academic pursuits, and rekindle it.

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Creative ignition: A recap of Session 7 of TED2015

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Bill T Jones, Joshua Roman, and Somi perform at TED2015 - Truth and Dare, Session 7. Photo: Bret Hartman/TED Bill T. Jones performs a collaborative improv with music from cellist Joshua Roman and vocalist Somi, at TED2015: Truth and Dare, Session 7. Photo: Bret Hartman/TED

Where does creativity come from? In Session 7 of TED2015, we explore its bounds in design, art, dance, music, data visualizations and urban planning.

Stay beginners. “As humans, we get used to everyday things really fast,” says iPod originator Tony Fadell. It’s simple habituation – and it happens all the time. Take the sticker on a piece of fruit. When you first have to pick that little sticker off an apple and flick it off your finger, it’s annoying. The second, third time – annoying. But by the tenth time, you don’t even notice. It’s the job of designers to notice “those idiotic things we do every day” – and to try and fix them. “It’s easy to solve a problem that almost everyone sees,”…

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