Few disagree on an urgent need to increase America’s science and math proficiency in order to compete in our fast paced world. But how can a call for less art increase top science capabilities? The opposite is true. Only when you engage both sides of the human brain, can you significantly raise motivation and achievement in both arts and sciences. Consider the brain’s proclivity to integrate, for instance. The idea is to engage both sides of the brain, to increase innovation.
Sadly however, the arts become an easy target when budgets get slashed. Yet multi-dimensional advances of art along with empirical rigor of science, both challenge and transform high performing minds. Neuro resaerch finds that art is universal to the human species. Like two oars advance a boat, if art is pulled from learning programs, science loses its ability to move brainpower forward.
Whether it’s an innovative design for tall ships or treatment of tropical diseases, science offers the mind tools for furnishing a finer world. Art however, dances, paints and harmonizes the process of science into symmetry. Have you seen the light, gravity and friction of a caring and curious community at work?
Real change away from industrial age approaches, toward high marks for an innovative era, will come as arts forge with sciences, across right and left brain. How so? Meld high-performance minds into tools for innovation, and watch progressive solutions to address real world problems.
Together arts and science offer beauty and invention through the mysteries and color of a fast changing world. The world still waiting to be discovered is wider than theater, art, music, drama and film and deeper than measurement, money or math solutions. Hopefully the new innovation era we’ve entered can bridge chasms across fields in our minds, to design integrated wonders in our workplaces! Let’s adopt the mindset that taps right and left brainpower to design innovation together at the peaks.
It’s time to toss out the biggest barrier that prevents integration across right and left brain. Let’s remind ourselves that the problem of math deficiency cannot be solved by cutting funds from the arts. There – we are out of the gates, and a new journey has begun. Just as finer sailing doesn’t follow from removing one oar from the boat, arts and sciences advance brainpower. So, while it may be tempting to balance a budget by cutting the arts, their integration will reconfigure your community’s collective intelligence to move forward. Worth reconsidering?
Instead of axing arts, why not fuse art and science to synchronize brainpower that invents solutions for an innovation era?
No community can be excellent without transforming itself artistically and mathematically, and winning communities develop mastery practices from both sides of the brain. How so?
1. Question with two feet so that innovative solutions draw from both arts and sciences. Ask for example:
- How has technology changed our world and culture? Can you see that innovative solutions might include designing a TV show, for example, to illustrate how the science of technology changes the art of cultures?
2. Target both arts and sciences to set goals that engage imagination and at the same time draw from numerical data to support outcomes. For example:
- Apply solutions to improve and track new research practices at work, and
- Identify real workplace problems solved with shared ethical solutions.
3. Expect criteria to fuse arts and sciences by listing rubrics that will measure both. You might require your project, for example, to show:
- Tone that allows all to speak and feel heard.
- Research contributions from 3 experts in a field.
- Five multiple intelligences expressed and evident in the outcomes.
- Opposing views that support hard data on both sides of the issue
- Illustrations that well respected artists would praise.
- Human brains work more efficiently when you lead with personal strengths, from both arts and science.
- When hook new skills onto their existing art and science proclivities, they make innovative connections across both as Einstein did.
Can you see why chopping the arts out of programs cuts off some people who would lead with strengths in the arts, while ignoring science eliminates others? Even gender brain differences suggest an urgent need for both as tools for growth.
Would you agree, that neither arts alone, nor science alone can generate or carry life changing practices from different brain areas?
Integration of art and science is key to MITA Brain Based learning and leading. How so?
We engage smart skills for successful solutions and these tend to fuse together art and science through multiple segues into different parts of brain. The result? More brainpower across differences in culture, careers and communities.
My lifetime research across many countries and careers, shows how both sides of the human brain engage more through active integration of arts and science. That’s why it saddens me to see art cut from programs, or science neglected in order to trim budgets or save time. Rather than chop either one, why not renew both art and science with the brain in mind. Sound like a possibility to make us all richer?
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