Educator urges more arts classes at school

HCM CITY (VNS)— Arts play a significant role in education by improving academic success and attendance at school, a British educator told a conference themed “Leading Generation for Creativity” in HCM City.

Paul Collard, chief executive of Britain’s Creativity, Culture and Education organisation, said that drawing, for example, helped to develop the observation capacity of children and young people.

Art activities and more creative teaching methodologies can help students become more creative, independent, confident and interested in learning.

Traditional teaching methods in many countries, including Viet Nam, are often boring and demotivating, according to Collard.

Under these methods, learners are not stimulated to be creative, and lose confidence and interest.

For example, studies show that countries with higher math scores on the PISA (Programme for International Student Assessment), an international comparative survey of 15-year-olds, have fewer people who are confident in their entrepreneurial capability.

These studies also show that countries with higher science scores on PISA have the highest rate of youth suicide. Collard urged educators to use more creative teaching methodologies that could lead to both high-test scores and independently motivated students.

The conference was organised by Thai Ha Books in co-operation with the city’s Creative Art, a centre for children aged 4 to 14.

It attracted more than 300 parents, teachers and principals of primary and secondary schools in HCM City. — VNS

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