The Arts and Comprehension

 

It’s funny how

if an ELA class reads a play

it’s considered academic

but…

if a drama club

spends weeks or months

CLOSE READING the SAME play

in order to understand

how to best perform it,

it is not considered

an academic endeavor.

 

It’s funny how

if an ELA class writes essays

about the importance of social justice

it’s considered academic

but…

if the art students or

videography students

create artworks or videos

about social justice,

it is not considered

an academic endeavor.

 

It’s funny how

if an ELA class reads a historical novel

it’s considered academic

but…

if a dancer choreographs a dance

to music written, in that era,

about the same theme as the historical novel,

it is not considered academic.

 

The arts are not just about creation.

They are also about comprehension.

The Arts are academic.
Trevor

@trevorabryan

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