The importance of early childhood arts education has received increased attention in recent years. Carpenter helped develop and pilot a new program that instructs elementary education majors how to teach visual arts to children: JUMP ST(ART) JUMPST(ART) is offered as an 8-week after-school class in the Fall and Winter semesters where each session is 50 minutes long.
In this post, however, the Korean exclusively wants to discuss the reason he considers the most important, that is: 4. Liberal education has value that reaches far beyond employment, such that it enriches the society even if the educated people are unemployed.
And a major reason why Koreans could have pulled off such a miracle is because Koreans consistently employed a version of liberal education – a Confucianism-based educational philosophy that is designed to build a whole person , rather than injecting specialized knowledge as if adding options to a car.
The mission of Continuing the Conversation is to promote and advance dialogue in order to identify and work on urgent issues in the Arts in Education sector and to inspire those involved to lead and create change in this sector and beyond through expanding the place of the arts in education and in society.
These elementary education majors benefit from authentic experiences of creatively writing lesson plans that integrate core standards, while also adjusting for age-appropriateness, managing students (and sometimes messy projects), and enabling their students to have increased interest in the arts because of powerful art instruction.