New Jersey Core Curriculum Content Standards

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New Jersey Core Curriculum Content Standards


Visual and Performing Arts

Arts Education in the 21st Century

Creativity is a driving force in the 21st century global economy, with the fastest growing jobs and emerging industries relying on the ability of workers to think unconventionally and use their imaginations.

The best employers the world over will be looking for the most competent, most creative, and most innovative people on the face of the earth ... This will be true not just for the top professionals and managers, but up and down the length and breadth of the workforce ... Those countries that produce the most important new products and services can capture a premium in world market ...

(2007, National Center on Education and the Economy)

Experience with and knowledge of the arts are essential components of the P-12 curriculum in the 21st century. As the state of New Jersey works to transform public education to meet the needs of a changing world and the 21st century workforce, capitalizing on the unique ability of the arts to unleash creativity and innovation in our students is critical for success, as reflected in the mission and vision that follow:

Mission: The arts enable personal, intellectual, social, economic, and human growth by fostering creativity and providing opportunities for expression beyond the limits of language.
Vision: An education in the arts fosters a population that:

  • Creates, reshapes, and fully participates in the enhancement of the quality of life, globally.

  • Participates in social, cultural, and intellectual interplay among people of different ethnic, racial, and cultural backgrounds through a focus on the humanities.

  • Possesses essential technical skills and abilities significant to many aspects of life and work in the 21st century.

  • Understands and impacts the increasingly complex technological environment.

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