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  • The arts
  • However, all she heard how she needed to stop. She needed to get her head out of the clouds and work hard on proper subjects.
  • She will not get anywhere if she carries on
  • Annie, get your head out of the clouds!
  • She is limiting her career choices.
  • So she listened. She stopped thinking that the arts could help her in life. She would listen to music at home, but that is as far as it went.
  • Once there was a little girl called Annie. All day she would sing and dance. She loved nothing more than music, art and performing.
  • As she went on she became annoyed with the choice she had made. She realised that life was not only about the STEM subjects but the arts were important.
  • All of the adults around her told that music, art and drama where a waste of time and if she carried on she would not get anywhere. People told her that 'the arts subjects limit career choices' and if she chooses this as a career it will 'hold her back the rest of her life' (Morgan, N, 2014).
  • Hardiman, M., Rinne, L,. & Yarmonlinski, J (2014) found that when cross curricular teaching is used between the arts and other subjects children retain more information than the subjects being taight separately.
  • Furthermore, Hardiman et al (2009) discovered that arts education can help rewire the brain so that motor skills, attention, motivation and IQ are all improved. This made Annie confused. She could not understand why the education system ignored the arts and promoted other subjects when the arts would help. She thought this to be extremely counter-intuitive because if they utilised the arts this would be helpful all around.
  • However, Annie soon became disillusioned with education. She started hating school and stopped trying. She simply did not care anymore.
  • Lastly, she thought about herself and all of the other children who were like her. All of the children who would rather sing and dance than sit in a classroom all day.
  • She decided to research this and found that she was not the only one who thought that. In fact a lot of people found that the arts can help with other subjects. Catterall, J, S (2009) found that children who participate in drama, music and art are often better at reading, writing and maths and are more motivated.
  • Although, the more she thought about the influence of the influence the arts on other subjects the more it made made sense. She thought about great artists such as Leonardo da Vinci, who was not only a brilliant artist but an inventor and scientist (BBC.co.uk, 2014). She thought about musical artists who were not only terrific singers, performers and composers, but whose song writing abilities were ingenious.
  • She thought of how the system had failed her because if she, and people like her, were supported and encouraged in school then maybe they could have become one of the world's next brilliant minds. Instead, they were told to give up and follow the path they were expected to follow. The only path that school prepare them for.
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