If someone were to ask you what is the most important thing of childhood brought into adulthood, what would your answer be? Would your answer come to you immediately or would you be one to think on it first? Go ahead and think about it, take your time. Perhaps the answer is your favorite school subject or your first life lesson learned. Sad to say one of the most important of these didn't even make the list for most people. To answer the question that everyone is undoubtedly thinking, the one thing that most fail to mention is creativity.
Every child is born with their own natural and original form of creativity. For the first several years of life these little ones are allowed to run free creatively without being hindered by adults telling them otherwise. As they grow, life increasingly becomes more about subject learning and falls further away from imaginative learning. Subject learning teaches there is only a limited amount of subject matter that is important to succeed in life. That and everything else is just to pass the time or strictly for entertainment purposes only. The grey truth is that this way of thinking only deprives society of not only its free thinkers but also the wonderful things they can create and the services that they can contribute to the world. In all truthfulness, who is to say we all can only learn this way and not the other? Nobody should ever be allowed to restrict one of the things that makes us who we are. Have we not learned from our past attempts that tightening the reins only creates a resentment in individuals towards the society that forces them to do so? Let the young ones learn, create, grow curious, play and come to their own natural conclusions about the world they live in.
This is why the arts are so precious to the younger generations of today. Children learn better when they are not forces to go against how they are naturally wired. Those who learn best by a hands on approach are the creatively inclined and should be allowed to pursue learning in this way. Due to the preferred and accepted teaching techniques in the classroom today, it is easier than ever to overlook those students who may not do the best in history but are able to compose a symphony or listen to a song and recreate it in perfect melody. This may be difficult for many to grasp but the world does not revolve around science only. By not allowing for art in schools, we are only denying future generations the chance to learn to express and interpret not only their own emotions but those of people around them as well. The majority of our human existence is, in one way or another, self expression. What becomes of us if we deny ourselves such and relevant part of ourselves? Nothing you would want to become and nothing you would want for your children. Give the next generation the freedom of expression and teach them the infinite ways to doing so.
Now go ahead and revisit that question with a new perspective gained and see how the answer, if at all, has changed. Remember life is precious, it should always be about more than financial success or the next scientific breakthrough. Above all people need the hope of a beautiful life experience. Come on, what is life if it's not about sharing the stories of the wild things we've done in our youth or the masterpieces we create that in turn helps someone recognize their full potential? Get out there and make some memories that can be told through a series of artworks.