Wednesday, April 4, 2012

Education and the Arts

"E" is for Education in the A to Z Challenge.

Here's some excerpts from a study I found on

Business and School Leaders See the Arts as Key to Preparing Students to Be Creative Workers for the Global Marketplace

85 percent of surveyed business executives indicated that they are currently having difficulty recruiting individuals who possess creative ability. The demand for creative people will increase as U.S. firms pursue innovation.

U.S. employers rate creativity/innovation among the top five skills that will increase in importance over the next five years, and rank it among the top challenges facing CEOs.

Employers (56 percent) and superintendents (79 percent) agree that a college degree in the arts is the most significant indicator of creativity in a prospective job candidate.

Among eleven subjects offered in high school, superintendants rank arts activities in the top four that are most likely to develop creativity. Yet, three out of four top rated arts subjects are offered as only an elective by a majority of respondents. Creative writing is the sole required course in more than half the districts. Less than 1 in 5 require a music class.

Those top four are Creative Writing, Music, Dramatic Arts, and Studio Arts.

"E" is for Education, and April is Parkinson's Awareness Month

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