Rationale Part One: The arts let you "see inside of somebody."
We need to get away from overloading our students with content; the day has long passed when one person could know everything there was to know in the world. As Eric Jensen says in his book Arts With the Brain in Mind, “Filling the brain with knowledge is history” (2001, p.8). We need to move away from the tendency to confront students with “a great mass of information” (Verlee-Williams, 1983, p.59). Instead we need to teach our students to know how to access information and what to do with it after they’ve obtained it. We need to teach them to make connections with prior knowledge and relate it to their own lives. We need to throw our classroom doors and windows open and make them “permeable” to the outside world (Frostig, 2006, p.3). Students need as Duckworth says (as cited in Goldberg, 1997, p. 31) the opportunity to utilize their “repertoire of thoughts, actions, connections, predictions, and feelings.” They need to “understand how to solve problems, what makes arguments plausible, how to build teams, and how to incorporate the concept of fairness into daily life” (Jensen, 2001, p. 9). Integrating the arts can help to accomplish all of these things, because they give the students the opportunity to process and own what they have learned.