The most current neuroscientific research directly ties sensory input and learning. Something about sensory information has proven to facilitate many aspects of learning. Of course, one of the most effective forms of sensory input is art. At Lakeside, we find students use art to express and sometimes decompress. Yes, art just helps the brain function better.
When art is infused into education, learning improves
For the Huffington Post, John Eger wrote an article exploring brain science and learning. I find it fascinating how art correlates to Math and Science. This article presents some truly exciting research with new ideas to offer educational environments.
Sadly, many arts programs have been cut from our schools’ curricula.
While to a few the arts were expendable, this research suggests that the arts could be an essential part of a student’s capability to learn other subjects. If we take this research seriously, we should be integrating the arts into (not cutting from) our classroom settings.
I hope we can regain what we have lost in art programs in our schools. They could be an important part of any balanced educational environment.