Art Is Vital
The best education enables artistic voice and creative habits of mind.
JAMES HAMBLIN/The Atlantic JUN 28 2014
At TKG, we value art in the classroom – doing, observing, making, feeling…in order to develop multiple intelligences, we offer opportunities for physical, cognitive, and emotional experiences connected to art throughout the day. Come visit and see it in action! This resource is online at TheAtlantic.com
It has been three years since the spectacular video of Lil Buck dancing to Yo-Yo Ma brought jookin—which draws from hip-hop, ballet, jazz, and modern dance—into mainstream consciousness. Ma would later call Buck a genius; and, he is. According to the theory of multiple intelligences, which posits nine distinct dimensions, Buck is clearly off the charts in intelligences like spatial, musical/rhythmic, and bodily/kinesthetic.
The theory was developed in 1983 by Howard Gardner, who is now the Hobbs Professor of Cognition and Education at Harvard. It defines intelligence expansively, as the ability to create an effective product or offer a service that is valued in a culture; a set of skills that make it possible for a person to solve problems in life. It’s a broader definition than many curricula address, and some of the multiple intelligences regularly go unstimulated and underdeveloped in traditional schools.