Brett Cooke writes in Biopoetics, “The very universality of the arts, surely not a pure accident, by itself argues strongly for the opposite position – namely, that the arts perform some sort of vital role in determining our evolutionary fate.”
I find that disconcerting when earlier Cooke wrote, “Indeed, our findings should be taken to suggest that the arts be restored to their former prominence. both in the classroom and in our wider social discourse. With ease and pleasure they train us in a variety of valuable cognitive skills……
I believe in the above with caution. My caution goes to my fear of arts and crafts. I often try to be humorous with this statement, but right now I am serious. I can’t be alone in experiencing some arts as scary.
At the time of being taught some of them I felt inadequate, or worse,inept. I have always loved writing, but drawing made me nervous. Bring out glue, paste and colored paper and I tried to flee. I loved the smell of crayons, but then what?
It it possible to teach the arts in a prominent way that allows choice? It doesn’t just all go together, does it? Not for me.