- The arts teach children to make good judgements about qualitative relationships.
- The arts teach children that problems can have more than one solution and that questions can have more than one answer. (There are different ways of doing things, though sometimes there is only one end result. ~E)
- The arts celebrate multiple perspectives. (Musicians interpret musical aspects differently ~E.)
- The arts teach children that in complex forms of problem solving purposes are seldom fixed, but change with circumstance and opportunity.
- The arts make vivid the fact that neither words in their literal form nor numbers exhaust what we can know.
- The arts teach students that small differences can have large effects.
- The arts teach students to think through and within a material.
- The arts help children learn to say what cannot be said.
- The arts enable us to have experiences we can have from no other source and through such experiences to discover the range and variety of what we are capable of feeling.
- The arts’ position in the school curriculum symbolizes to the young what adults believe is important.
Source: Eisner, E. (2002). The Arts and the Creation of the Mind, In Chapter 4, What the Arts Teach and How It Shows. (p. 70-92). Yale University Press. Available from NAEA Publications.