Contrast this with my highly sporty, people pleasing son, and their experiences are night and day.
You see, my daughter is a creative. She thrives on this, it is what makes her heart sing. Not only that, the performing arts have been a bright light helping her through a deep dark tunnel of anxiety.
Around the country, the Arts have been shelved, and if they have not be shelved, the way they are taught have become so product driven that any essence of what would or could be called creativity has been drained out of it.
If you know my work at all, you will know the Arts from the basis of our school, largely through play and Mantle of the Expert. This is not to the detriment of the other areas of learning, instead it has enhanced everything. Everything is connected and should be. By cutting out the Arts we are crudely cutting off an arm and a leg from the body that is learning. Art (and I mean all areas of art) is a means of expressing, it brings learning to life, gives it breath. It is in fact a huge part of our human experience.
Anyway this blog post is not really about me, if you will scroll through my posts, you will see many of these themes repeated. This post is in fact dedicated to my daughter and her (almost over) journey through school. She is a great speech maker, with something to say. Her speech last year was exactly around this subject...so I thought I would share it here, so we can hear directly from a student, now entering her last year of High School, who believes deeply in the power and importance of the Arts.
---------------Please remember, this is written as a speech, not a perfect essay by any means, but the idea and theme is very clear.