UC San Diego and Fab Lab San Diego make STE[+a]M

The Fab Lab @ UCSD is meshing computer science with creative project based learning. The combination is an example of how science and art come together to make something magical. In partnership with UCSD Extension and the San Diego Supercomputer Center, Fab Lab San Diego is...

If You Want to Reinvent the Curriculum: Look North

All the action integrating the arts into the K-12 curriculum is already well underway, in Canada. Yes, in good old Toronto, the place Peter Ustinov once called "New York run by the Swiss", meaning that Toronto is a big city (like New York City), but that...

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Arts Education and the Innovation Economy: Ensuring Our Kid's Success in the 21st Century [Paperback] John M. Eger (Author) Follow John M. Eger on Twitter: www.twitter.com/jeger62 ...

Right Brained People in a Left Brained World

John M. Eger - Huffington Post Lionel Van Deerlin Professor of Communications and Public Policy, San Diego State Posted: February 10, 2011 10:45 PM You know who they are. You have probably even had them home to dinner. But they are different aren't they? I am of course, talking about the...

“Creative Thinking” Training for the Military

Many leaders believe integrating the [+a]rts into education must include dropping something else. The focus of integrating the [+a]rts into existing course programming is our focus. It is not an either or proposition. There are also those who don't understand how developing creative thought can...

Art and Arts Integration in the Age of Innovation

John M. Eger - Huffington Post Lionel Van Deerlin Professor of Communications and Public Policy, San Diego State Posted: February 10, 2011 10:45 PM The term art integration, often referred to as art infusion, is not well known or accepted. According to the Arts Education Partnership in Washington, D.C., the...

How music, dance, and the [+a]rts bring the world together

Research is often what people think about when discussing the University of California, San Diego. However, few know it has the 3rd ranked theatre program in the country. With strong partnerships with the La Jolla Playhouse, alumni and a community, the arts are just as...

STEAM is Gathering Steam

John M. Eger - Huffington Post Lionel Van Deerlin Professor of Communications and Public Policy, San Diego StatePosted: February 4, 2011 05:03 PM More people are discovering that George W. Bush signed into law a bill called "The America Competes Act", also known as the STEM initiative for...

Pleasure, Beauty, and Wonder: Educating for the Knowledge Age

By John M. Eger for the World Future Society

The future workforce will need to be more innovative, argues a communications and public policy scholar. While math and science are important, they need to be infused with the creative spark that comes from the arts.

 The challenge today is not in acquiring information, but rather in determining what information is most accurate and relevant to us. Knowing how to separate good from bad information and knowing which information has value in our quest for knowledge and wisdom is a unique and essential skill. And the demand for a new workforce to meet these challenges is rapidly increasing.

As a special report in Business Week magazine observed several years ago, “The game is changing. It isn’t just about math and science anymore. It’s about creativity, imagination, and, above all, innovation.” Most analysts studying the new global economy agree that the growing creative and innovative economy represents a central ingredient in defining future success.

But how do we make someone innovative and creative? What must schools—from kindergartens to universities—and communities do to nurture and attract the most innovative and creative workers?

 “We need a system that grounds all students in pleasure, beauty, and wonder,” says Dana Gioia, chairman of the U.S. National Endowment for the Arts. “It is the best way to create citizens who are awakened not only to their humanity, but to the human enterprise that they inherit and will—for good or ill—perpetuate. … [America] is not going to succeed through cheap labor or cheap raw materials, nor even the free flow of capital or a streamlined industrial base. To compete successfully, this country needs creativity, ingenuity, innovation.”

Learning to learn and finding the joy of learning in an age where people could go through a dozen jobs well before middle age has greatly complicated matters. Now add in the probability that tomorrow’s top jobs haven’t even been imagined yet because they’ll use technologies that haven’t been invented, as former U.S.

Secretary of Education Richard Riley has suggested. Clearly we are headed into a new and uncertain future.