The Importance Of Arts, Empathy, And Education

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Students in colleges or universities have complained that why they have to take music apprieciation or art apprieciation if they are majoring in biology or law. According to Necessary Edges: Arts, Empathy, and Education by Yo-Yo Ma, “The value behind arts integration-collaboration, flexible thinking, and disciplined imagination- lead to the capacity to innovate” (Ma 258). In today society people live in a world where art is all around them, but they don’t know it. This is why universities and college makes the student have music appreciation and art appreciation mandatory courses. Universities or colleges wants the students to be more aware and open minded of they’re surrounding and not be stuck knowing one subject. Universities and educators
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The person will be uncomfortable and be judgemental. They will feel that their way of living is better than other people. In America we do not want produce students like this. According to Yo-Yo Ma, “ Culture is a fabric composed of gifts from every corner of the world” (260 Ma). Students should appreciate the different foods, how they express their selves, and how they living. Students will learn that people learn different ways to survive in the world. Also Ma talks about how his musical journeys show him different point views of culture around the world. Allowing students in universities to have mandatory classes of art give the student access of exploring and getting experience what Yo-Yo Ma said when he was doing his musical career. By teaching students culture gives them a better perspective that things that people do in their country seems not normal to you but it feels normal to them. Like citizens in South America eat guinea pigs for lunch and dinner or how other countries greet each other. Another thing is that there is online college called Minerva, which brings students to their different university around the world. For example, the Graeme woods says, “ They’ll attend university in a different place, so that after four years they’ll have the kind of international experience that other universities advertise but can rarely deliver” (Woods 508). The student will get experience of how Spanish, Asian, or Europeans live, become open minded, and understand people do different things to order to survive in their

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