Traditional education focuses heavily on rote learning techniques – memorising and repeating. However, as the industries, jobs, and required skill sets of the future rapidly change, many are starting to question whether this approach sets our kids up to succeed in what will undoubtedly be a dramatically different workplace.
Discussions about the workplace of the future are leading many to re-evaluate the skill sets future generations will need, and there are some common themes emerging.
- One key theme is that skills will become less about ‘what you know’ and more about ‘your ability to learn’ as the ability to adapt to a dynamic environment becomes more crucial.
- Another key theme is the increasing importance of EQ (emotional intelligence), the ability to read, assess and empathise with others’ emotions and the ability to control and express one’s own emotions.
This shift in the skills of the future has lead to a change in people’s approach to education methodology. The traditional teacher-directed, theory-based, rote learning techniques are increasingly being balanced with more student-led, practical, experiential, interactive learning techniques.
There are few subjects in your child’s education curriculum that can develop these skills better than the performing arts. Studying performing arts provides a host of benefits to participants including:
- Building empathy and emotional intelligence by contemplating life experiences, situations and cultures beyond their own lives
- Bringing hindsight forward by reflecting on some of life’s issues in a safe environment not afforded in ‘real’ life
- Practicing emotional control through a positive outlet where they have the opportunity to explore and express the depth and range of human experience in a rehearsal environment
- Broader verbal, vocal, and communication skills such as tone, articulation, projecting their voice, persuasive communications, and public speaking
- Non-verbal communication skills through a focus on body language and facial expression and how this contributes to the communication process
- Creative and problem solving skills developed by exercising their imagination and ability to think on their feet
- Social skills including teamwork and cooperation developed by working with many different people to bring together a successful production
- Physical benefits through a range of unique movement, flexibility and balance activities
- Confidence that comes from mastering broader communication, emotional intelligence and problem solving skills
- And let’s not forget – it’s also a lot of fun!
Not only can the performing arts have an immediate positive influence on your child, but from a longer-term perspective, they also provides an essential cornerstone to their education by developing skills future generations will need in the workplace.
If you’d like to see how the performing arts can help your child blossom, come along to Drama Works Academy. We offer a range of classes for all ages and abilities and our mobile approach means we’re accessible from a number of locations across Brisbane. We even offer the first class for free – so come along and join in the fun, your child will love it!
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