SchoolArts Magazine

AUG-SEP 2008

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The symbol of the human eye appears across cultures and time. "…with all our diversity…there are still characteristics at the very core of our existence that bind us all together." —Ernest Boyer may be drawn, written, spoken, or communicated in some other way. Students should learn art skills for self-expression as well as contemplating the work of professional artists, other cultures, and classmates. 3. Aesthetic Response: People in every culture respond aesthetically to the arts. Painting, sculpture, music, dance, and architecture are universal languages.Disparateculturescan understand each other through their arts. Boyer considered art to be the special language of children because even before they can speak, they intuitively respond to color, rhythm, and music. 4. Sense of Time and Space: As humans, we are able to understand where we are in space and time. By studying geography and astronomy, we learn where we are on earth and in the universe. We can explore history to build connections between our past, present, and future. 5. Group Membership:Humans all over the world live and work in groups. These groups include families, social networks, communities, and institutions. For students to be well-educated, they must understand how these groups and social webs shape their lives. 6. Production and Consumption: People all over the world, both in groups and as individuals, produce and consume. Students should study economics to learn how global money systems and markets work and interact. We're increasingly consuming goods made in other countries and marketing our products to other cultures. In today's world, educated consumers must understand how their decisions affect their nation and planet. 8. Values and Beliefs: In all parts of the world, humans search for a larger purpose and meaning in their lives. As students search for meaning, they often learn from teachers who model values in their own lives. Boyer advocated community service to help students learn commitment and build their values and convictions. Imagine the rich meaningful art resulting from projects incorporating Boyer's commonalities. As teachers work together to create integrated, theme-oriented learning experiences, students can connect knowledge from many disciplines in unfragmented learning and apply it to their lives now and in the future. Kaye Passmore is an art education consultant and writer from Corpus Christi, Texas. Web 7. Awareness of Nature:Humans are part of the earth's ecology. Many of our children do not understand how they are connected to nature and how decisions they make influence the environment. liNk boyer.php SchoolArts August/September 2008 47

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