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Funding for the Right Brain

A presentation on why schools should reconsider making cuts to art education

claudia germuga

on 2 June 2011

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Who is Claudia Germuga? "The Artist's Career" I am a Dancer. At...
The Timothy M. Draper Center for Dance Education
Images In Dance For...
roughly 30 hrs. a week I am an artist. I love to be creative & think conceptually. economically unstable requires passion constantly struggling Connotation: NEGATIVE! Future Plans:
attend New York University
earn a BFA in Dance
become successful doing what I love perceptions of: positively
risky Thesis: Despite our society's preference of L-directed thinking, in light of the nation's present recession and austere budget cuts, administrators should view art education as increasingly essential. Chop, Chop, Chop! The current state of the U.S. economy has forced almost everyone to tigten their budgets. The Arts are on the Chopping Block Why the left brain is no longer sufficient? 1. Abundance 2. Asia 3. Automation L-Directed Thinking: R-Directed Thinking: Make a Difference Day:
BINGO at the Veterans' Association The Information Age talent and luck EDUCATION IN PARTICULAR! 31 states face budget shortfalls of $30 billion or more, and the nation’s governors have acknowledged that education will have to bear its fair share.

-Education Week Funding for the Right Brain why schools should reconsider making cuts to art education. Work of Art challenge: "Social Issue"
Personal Relevance
Symbolic meaning of my piece sequential
analytical encouraged by society
displayed by computer programmers
emphasized in schools simultaneous
synthetic underemphasized in society
exemplified by creators and caregivers
neglected in schools Key Terms: When?
The last few decades Who?
The Knowledge Worker:
computer programmers
accountants What?
Heavily emphasizes Left-Directed aptitudes. VS. The Conceptual Age When?
NOW. Who?
The Creatively Inclined
counselors What?
Focuses on R-Directed aptitudes in order to enhance L-Directed thinking
High Concept & High Touch "There remains a strong tilt towards the left." -Daniel Pink (author) Historical Significance Industrial Age Information Age 19th century
massive factories & assembly lines fueled economy
factory worker 20th century
information and knowledge fueled economy
knowledge worker Source: Daniel Pink, "A Whole New Mind" Source: Daniel Pink, "A Whole New Mind" October 4, 1957

The Soviet Union launched
Sputnik I. No Child Left Behind Act

Contributor towards elevated emphasis on Standardized Testing. Key Player: George W. Bush Obtained from: http://www.gse.harvard.edu/news-impact/2009/06/on-the-chopping-block-again/2/ Earliest Cuts in Funding of Art Education: 2001 law aimed at making schools more accountable by using standardized tests to rate how well students are learning. George W. Bush wanted to:
improve student performance and proficiency
decrease sociodemographic achievement gaps
increase schools' accountability Key Player: Diane Ravitch
former advocate of NCLB turned critic
The Death & Life of the Great American School System
Measure and Punish Strategy/other problems Other Problems of Standardized Testing:
superficial learning
does not close demographic gap
time and energy taken away from other aspects of education Alfie Kohn, "Standardized Testing and Its Victims" from Education Week Obtained from: http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=124209100 Survey Results limited unprobable success not lucrative KEY PLAYER: DANIEL PINK author of "A Whole New Mind" His thesis:
3 forces are tilting the scales in favor of R-Directed Thinking.

L-Directed Thinking remains necessary, but is no longer sufficient Life used to be driven by: SCARCITY

Now it's driven by: ABUNDANCE Examples: shopping meccas & chain stores Homes & Cars Self Storage Business United States Waste/Trash Abundance has placed a premium on R-Directed Thinking. Functional
Beautiful Must be: How to stand out in a crowded market place L-Directed, white collar work is MIGRATING to other parts of the world. The main reason is money. according to Forrester Research... 3.3 million white-collar jobs
$136 billion in wages will shift from U.S. by 2015 We need to master

that CAN'T
be OUTSOURCED. L-Directed professionals need to develop aptitudes that computers can't do BETTER, FASTER, or CHEAPER. Why machines are better at L-Directed skills than humans: don't fatigue
don't choke under pressure
don't care what others around them are thinking don't slip up
don't procrastinate
are more efficient SOLUTIONS: Design: Story: Symphony: Alternative Standardized Tests: The Rainbow Project Yale University
R-Directed Tasks

Funders craft humorous cartoon captions
narrate a story
reactons to real-life challenges 1. Design is hard to outsource or automate.
A whole minded aptitude.
Utility (L-Directed) accompanied by Significance (R-Directed). "Design in its simplest form is the activity of creating solutions. Design is somehting that everyone does everyday."

-Frank Nuovo (Industrial Designer, Nokia) CHAD-Charter High School for Architecture and Design public high school in Philadelphia
88% racial minority
80% continue to 2-4 year colleges
63% attendance vs. 95% at CHAD "Design is the only thing that differentiates one product from another in the marketplace."
-Norio Ohga (former chairman of SONY) Pop Quiz:
1. What is the amount of wages in dollars that will be lost to other countries by 2015?

2. Where did the man work that inquired how many artists were in the classrooms when he spoke at schools? Fact vs. Story Why is Story important? Context & Emotion Supplementing L-Directed Thinking:
Narrative Medicine Symphony:
the ability to-
see relationships
detect broad patterns
invent new things from parts no one would have thought could coalesce Signature ability of composers. Symphony is largely about seeing relationships; so is drawing. Creativity usually involves crossing boundaries of different domains. MULTI is important! Mrs. Amanda Antonucci's Perspective: Conclusion: *Art Educator at BHS
*Mother According to the Annual Arts Reports:
There was a 63% decline in spending on art supplies and equipment in
2007 and 2008 over the previous year--a reduction of nearly $7 million.

Is this surprising to you? What are your thoughts on it? Can you relate? In light of our country’s current economic status, as well as the academic values of society as a whole, this is not surprising to me. Unfortunately, the arts are usually the first thing to be looked at when it comes to academic cuts in favor of other disciplines which are usually deemed more important, like science and math. I have seen a decline in my classroom budget over the past few years; next year’s budget being the largest drop yet. While I understand the need to make cuts, it is still disappointing to me as an educator and parent. Do you think that the arts have valuable lessons to teach students?

Art is everywhere: from the clothes we wear to the chairs we sit in. Art
is so ingrained in our daily lives that people don’t often recognize the
impact it has. It’s my goal as an art educator to have students leave my
class with an appreciation for that impact. I want students to realize
that art isn’t just about drawing, but it’s about expressing emotion and
ideas in ways that are both creative and inspiring. Art helps students
cultivate their inner voice and critical thinking skills in ways that
more left brain classes do not. Art allows students the power to
communicate their ideas, and the ability to share those ideas in
countless different ways. Art is important, and without it, we would be
a society void of clothes, houses, cars, and everything we own that has
been designed by an artist. Funding for the Right Brain why schools should reconsider making cuts to art education by: Claudia Germuga Thank You for Coming! Q & A ANSWERS:
1. $136 billion by 2015
2. Hallmark- Gordon MacKenzie
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