As an early childhood educator, “teaching the whole child” is included in my professional philosophy.
That’s probably why one of the most encouraging signs this fall has been schools which have “rediscovered” the arts.
In spite of the “Maker Movement” and remnants of the Recession which still crop up in DIY projects, only a quarter of Americans consider themselves as creative. That’s a horribly low percentage, considering that eighty-eight percent of us value creativity!
I’m hoping that the benefits of creative expression will be so significant in classrooms, that next year every school will join the Maker Movement.