Art Unlocks Learning: Art was considered an enhancement to the curriculum, but not a necessity. There is a saying, “Tell me and I forget, show me, and I remember, involve me and I understand.” When you consider what this means, you can truly understand the importance of using art as a learning tool. A very simple example is to think about how you were learning how to bake a cake using a certain recipe or build a certain doghouse. How much do you remember when you simply read a recipe? How much do you remember if you watch the cake being made? Now consider the amount you remember when you actually bake the cake yourself. The same is true of building a birdhouse or anything else. The well known Dale Carnegie’s Cone of Learning says that we remember 10% of what we read, 20% of what we hear, 30% of what we see, 50% of what we see and hear and 70% of what we hear, see and say and 90% of what we do.
How the Arts Unlock the Door to Learning: Today the faculty, staff, and students of Maryland’s Bates Middle School are crafting a whole new vision of school transformation.