As children we spend hours on end playing ‘pretend home/school’, playing dolls/cars, singing, dancing and drawing.. The truth is that all these ‘games’ teach us some amazing skills such us organization, planning, problem solving but most importantly how to express ourselves.
Just think about it, in terms of expression:
Pretend games – drama expression
Drawing – art expression
Singing and dancing – movement expression…
So So very important during emotional development!
So you say how is this going to help us in adulthood? Well, drama = performance, performance = getting confident in front of audience, getting confident in front of audience = potentially more comfortable with meetings, presentations and interviews.
An article states that “experts say there’s a strong connection between creative expression and overall wellbeing. Key components of the creative personality, like novelty-seeking and perseverance, are also good predictors of life satisfaction. ”
Then WHY, I repeat WHY are we ‘cutting out’ the opportunities for creative expression in schools????!!
I found this article some of you might find interesting on the subject of creative GCSE’s and how the opportunities are being closed off, ‘especially for poorer students’
The same goes for art, music and dance. Then if these are so beneficial to still practice in adulthood, why don’t we? It hard to find the time? Is it that we don’t want to act ‘silly’ or ‘stupid’ because it is socially unacceptable for adults to be silly and have fun ?
We need more education on the benefits of creativity in childhood and adulthood!
Let me know your thoughts and opinion on this matter, do you agree or think that arts are a waste of time anyway?…