PHILADELPHIA, PA, September 06, 2013 /24-7PressRelease/
-- As a creative artist with a BA in History and Political Science with a strong emphasis in the arts Art from Oklahoma State University, Robert Zabel
is one professional who has reaped many benefits from having a comprehensive education in the arts. However, Zabel recognizes that the state of art education in America has been a dismal one at best, as many school districts have cut funding for art programs, preventing many youth from exploring creative instruction. While many seek greater allowance to provide arts education to students, Zabel notes that the answer may not be in the funding, but in the approach.
Robert Zabel explains, "As an artist who has illustrated children's books, I understand how important arts education is for the young student. However, it is essential that educators realize that the creative landscape is changing, and it may be time to pursue instruction through other means--such as by teaching art through technology." Zabel points to a recent article
from Education Week News that examines this possibility.
The article reveals, "As K-12 schools continue to cut funding for arts education, kids are increasingly using new technology and online learning communities to pursue these interests outside of formal school settings, according to a recently published report. The report, commissioned by the New York City-based Wallace Foundation, argues that new technology is making arts education more accessible and more engaging for students in the modern era, in ways that traditional K-12 settings sometimes do not. Many students want to learn about the art and digital media they are exposed to in their personal lives, but according to Kylie Peppler, the report's author and Assistant Professor of Learning Sciences Program at Indiana University, school arts programs often teach more traditional forms."
Robert Zabel responds, "Educators, and society in general, tend to separate technology from the arts, believing that they are entirely two different fields. However, much of today's art and creativity is integrated with technology, and youth have begun to explore these possibilities on their own through the use of social media and creative apps offered on mobile devices."
Education Week News explains, "According to the report, youths spend an average of nearly eight hours per day using tech gadgets, and two-thirds of online teens actually produce their own content at some point--through blogs, web pages, videos, photos, or other forms of artwork." Additionally, the article cites the report which states, "This trend is driven in part by the proliferation of technologies that put production of arts--music composition, dance, design, and visual arts, among them--within the reach of anyone interested."
"The interest among young students is there, the technology is here and the results have been proven. All that really is missing from the equation is getting academic institutions to find a better way to bridge the gap between technical education and artistic instruction," Robert Zabel concludes.
Robert Zabel is a comprehensive professional who is noted for his service in the United States Air Force, his extensive academic endeavors. Zabel has earned his BA in Art, History and Political Science from Oklahoma State University--a comprehensive education that he has used to become a poetry writer, as well as a multidimensional creative artist. Today, Zabel utilizes his creative skills as the editor at 4RVPublishing Company, a comprehensive publisher that specializes in many genres, including those in children's and young adult literature.