Albert Einstein said: “Imagination is more important than knowledge. For knowledge is limited to all that we know and understand, while imagination embraces the whole world, and all there will ever be to know and understand. The best way to develop one’s imagination is through arts education, which encourages creativity, innovation, thinking outside the box, and even interpersonal skills, which are crucial in the extracurricular world.
Education is often viewed solely from an academic perspective and is simply equated with the acquisition of theoretical knowledge and the ability of students to retain it and achieve top grades at the end of their school year. But there is more than the knowledge found in their textbooks that often leads to developing students’ information retention skills. Education should be an amalgamation of many things that, in the long run, will equip students with a range of skills. This is where artistic education takes on its full importance. This type of education aims to impart knowledge in various fields such as music, drama, dance, and visual arts.
The Bangalore International School has always encouraged the artistic education of its students over the past few years through its rich performing arts program. The board recognized the importance and implemented a holistic teaching model that focused on more than just basic academics, thereby improving student outcomes. Interestingly, subjects focusing on the performing arts are included in the students’ daily schedule rather than presenting them as extracurricular activities outside the timetable.
Like conventional educational subjects, art also requires regular practice and cannot simply be piled up as theories in the minds of students. This is why BIS students are constantly encouraged to read and develop literary skills, which later translate into engaging writing and poetry. The institution also introduced India’s only inter-school poetry slam when young students were encouraged and given a platform to show how they could move the world with their words. They are also given the right inspirations and examples of poetry. Actress Kalki Koechlin was featured in the 2018 BIS Slam and delivered a moving piece about expectations and realities named – Fairy Tale.
We come from a country that can boast of a diverse culture spanning various art forms, and it is important to expose students to this rich heritage of their own. This is why Bangalore International School has a rich culture of arts, dance, music, drama and wellness. The school hosts an annual MADD Fest, where students can showcase their diverse talents during this multi-day event. In addition to this, the school has encouraged and nurtured the Alibis dance troupe, which has performed all over Bangalore and also had the opportunity to participate in international competitions where they successfully qualified for the finals . In addition to this, BIS also encourages the competitive spirit of students through their inter-school performing arts festival BIS XANADU.
By nurturing the artistic talents of students, the school has managed to meet the many needs of students regarding their emotional, social, ethical, and academic development through an integrated learning format. Through this, BIS students learn and understand the impact they leave in the community through their actions. BIS teachers provide activities and projects that help develop critical thinking and other skills. Art education also enables better academic performance while promoting collaboration and group learning, which is essential because we are meant to work together as a society.
BIS not only instills these rich values in its students, but also offers them the opportunity to develop their artistic talents. Students who have gone through middle school can also take any form of arts subject as part of their basic studies, if they wish. Thus, allowing them to delve into the opportunities these talents might have from a career-specific professional perspective.
The school has also adopted the Round Square approach, which involves character education and experiential learning around themes such as international understanding, democracy, environmental stewardship, adventure, leadership and service. Students are exposed by encouraging participation in the regional conference, Model United Nations conferences and much more. Thus, students are guided to become well-rounded, informed, responsible, principled and confident citizens of the world.
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Over time, BIS has been very successful in focusing both art and core academics in its curriculum. Furthermore, they have also successfully followed a holistic teaching model that involves integrated learning formats and community interaction. This form of knowledge infusion in their students led them to graduate with a strong sense of self, greater understanding of academics, improved sense of emotional and mental well-being, superior problem-solving skills, and even more.
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