Education is such a complex and complicated topic. Even though I don't have kids in school, it's a topic that I pay attention to because I believe it is the responsibility of the entire community to educate it's children. While it's discouraging to hear of art, music and gym being cut. I've also heard of new, additional programs that sound worthy of including, such as:
- A program to prevent bullying
- A program called Let Grow, which encourages kids to do something new that may require a parent to let go while they Let Grow
- Nutrition and eating healthy
With all this as a backdrop, a book has come to my attention again, Drawing on the Right Side of the Brain. I came across it years ago while in high school, but didn't read it then. It is a basic drawing course, but more. The idea is that drawing is a right brained activity, and the way it is taught in the book forces the left brain to be quiet. How cool is that? The overall and longer term effect is that the brain learns how to think and perceive in a different way, which promotes overall problem solving skills. And who doesn't have problems that could use some solving?
I've started reading, and plan to do some drawing. If you don't have enough new year's resolutions, why don't you join in and pick up a musical instrument or artist's pen to do something creative, and give that right brain a chance to shine. Your brain will thank you! Who knows, perhaps your think of the next brilliant invention.
Gem of Wisdom: "The intuitive mind is a sacred gift, and the rational mind is a faithful servant. We have created a society that honors the servant and has forgotten the gift." -- Albert Einstein