School should be a place where critical learning skills are developed and each student’s tastes in fashion is respected. In order for such a school to exist, and for its students to excel, creativity, ingenuity and problem-solving skills need to be accepted as its core values not just by the school, by also by the parents and teachers. These abilities, when nurtured, enable individuals to thrive in a democratic society. Students sit in a classrooms, year after year, simply being taught to learn only through rote memory drills, and being asked to regurgitate factual information on examinations,. These traditional teaching methods, only encourages student complacency and indifference to the world around them, and inhibits challenge and achievement.
The inquisitive learner who develops a new thought, or who expresses ideas through art or prose, is often proves to be the learner who feels stifled in a traditional school system. Without the encouragement to express their individualized ideas and freedom of thought, students’ intellectual curiosity and creativity becomes a hindrance to their “success” in school, rather than an asset.
The purpose of education is to transmit the values and culture of a society to the next generation of its membership. To encourage individual ideals and expression an arts-integrated curriculum is to be viewed in high regard as “‘the’” method utilized by an educational system to teach core academic courses, rather than disparaged as frivolity. Teaching history through art and music, learning about Machiavelli through dialogue on stage, and performing a dance in Anatomy class, brings these subjects to life and embraces each student’s creative and intellectual spirit. Learning to work collaboratively to write a song, to solve a mathematical problem or to build a model of a house, develops a sense of community within the school.
An arts-integrated curriculum is not a new idea. John Dewey, Alfred Whitehead, Howard Gardner and Rudolf Steiner, all extemporary leaders in the field of education, theorized that students learn best through the arts and through experiences. By teaching core academics through the arts, students learn to empathy towards characters in a novel, and trace the steps of history. Teaching through the arts also provides a multi-sensory approach to and meets the needs of a wide range of learning styles and the multiple intelligences.
Learning through an arts-integrated approach encourages the individual to be creative and to seek solutions to problems through calculated risk-taking. Students need to be able to stretch their minds and determine new answers to standard questions. When students are confronted with a problem, without being limited by a pre-defined answer from their teachers, students learn to work together to create new solutions and possibilities. This is exactly the type of school that Conservatory Prep Senior High School strives to be, and the learning environment that we believe you want your child to be placed.
If you share our philosophy that the ultimate goal for our children is to raise productive, self-reliant citizens, then we must educate them in an academic environment, which will challenge their ideas, enhance creativity and instill beauty in life through the arts. We invite you to visit with us at Conservatory Prep Senior High School, located near the intersection of Pine Island and Stirling Roads in Davie, to explore the possibilities for your child. Contact us at (954) 680-5808 or visit our website at http://www.conservatoryprep.org. We would love for your child to join us for the upcoming 2012 - 2013 academic year.