Bobby McFerrin – The Importance of Fine Arts Education

MMACFADDEN.com may primarily be a technology education blog, but that doesn’t mean I don’t appreciate the fine arts.  I recommend showing this performance, by Bobby McFerrin, to your students.  My guess is that they’ll like it.

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I don’t mean to discount the value of making data-driven instructional decisions.  Math and reading scores are important, quantifiable measures of achievement and growth.  I can’t help but wonder though, what will happen if we lost sight of what we’ve known since Howard Gardner first published his theory of Multiple Intelligences in 1983?

Nearly 30 years later, we are still measuring students of a wide range of cognitive abilities by the same metric (and it seems this practice will only continue in the years to come).  One cannot deny the genius of Bobby McFerrin’s musicality in the video above, but if he were an elementary school student today, would our emphasis on standardized testing indicate his potential?

I’m off my soap box now.  Enjoy the video.