The arts are essential to education. Engaging young people in the arts has a positive impact on their cognitive, emotional and social development. This week we explore one of the many arts education benefits: Perseverance!
Perseverance: steadfastness in doing something despite difficulty or delay in achieving success.
The arts are not easy. It’s impossible to pick up a pen and write the perfect novel on the first try. No, the arts require patience and dedication. Perseverance, getting through those hard times when you believe it might be easier to give up then complete the work, is a hallmark of arts education.
Did you know?
- Arts Education develops students’ capacity to persist in the face of a challenge
- Through arts study, students improve in their ability to turn barriers into opportunities, overcome difficulty in completing complex tasks and sustain attention
- In a longitudinal study of 25,000 secondary school students, those with higher involvement in the arts scored better on measures of persistence than their peers with lower arts involvement
“Perseverance is failing 19 times and succeeding the 20th.” – Julie Andrews
A Literature at Play residency lasts anywhere from 4 to 36 sessions. During that time student create an original musical. They create dialogue and lyrics, they change dialogue and lyrics. Together they persevere through the ups and downs of creating a piece then finish their residency by sharing that piece with family and peers.
“They supported each other and respected each other. They became better readers and writers.” – 5th Grade Teacher whose class participated in Literature at Play
“It was hard, but then we went through the book and it was easy and fun.” – Student who participated in Literature at Play
Next week we’ll explore how students learn empathy through the arts.