by John Stoehr
Arts education is a particular interest of mine for personal and historical reasons. I don't know you that well yet, so I'll give you the impersonal historical reasons for now. We're a country that's increasingly becoming de-industrialized. It used to be true that society needed competent factory workers and office personnel. That's becoming quickly less the case thanks to globalization and burgeoning economic juggernauts like China and India where labor is far cheaper and increasingly sophisticated. What we need now and will need more of in this century is a creative workforce, one that can innovate on a cubicle level, not from the top down. So when I came across this lecture (one of many here) about how our current education system (this applies to European schools, too) is teaching children how not to be creative, I was interested. Be sure to let me know what you think. Let's get this conversation started in Charleston. Later, I'll give you my personal reasons for my interest in this.