miles long. Their power is that they can move. Unlike many other subjects students study, the arts usually do not demand one correct response. Their purpose is not to convey data but to supply insight and wisdomin a word, meaning. In this way, the arts overlap and reinforce learnings in other areas. But it's not busyness alone that matters. The arts teach divergent rather than convergent thinking.
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It's no wonder, then, that schools that give comparable attention to the arts are better schools. Editor's note: This article, commissioned by the Getty Center for Education in the Arts, is extracted from Charles Fowler's keynote address at ascd's Annual Conference in Chicago, March 1994. Inevitably, the arts convey a sense of time and place that transports students, helping them to go beyond mere facts to experience the past in a more personal way. These citizens sacrificed their lives to save the city. If you want students to learn about space exploration, you might take them to Cape Kennedy in Florida or to the Jet Propulsion Laboratory in California.