California in the Creative Economy. Arts Education, Innovation and a Revolution Waiting to Happen

Essay, 2016

11 Pages



California Is Uniquely Positioned to Take the Lead

The Common Core

Developing the New Thinking Skills

The Movement Toward Arts Integration is Accelerating

The Revolution in Education is coming


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The world economy is rapidly changing. The importance of Art and Art Integrated Education has changed too. But schools are evolving very slowly and our system of education is seriously lagging in the face of monumental change. Indeed, maybe our system itself needs a radical overhaul.

Sir Ken Robinson, a leading expert on creativity, says that “School systems are the product of the Industrial Revolution, which began in the middle of the 18th century, and they were designed for particular reasons. They were designed in order to produce a workforce for the industrial economy.”

New York Timesforeign affairs columnist, Thomas Friedman, in a popular and authoritative book called The World is Flat, observed that because of the tremendous growth of the Internet and its progeny, the Worldwide Web, every nation, every community, every person is competing with every other. Indeed, all the economies in the world are now glued together and competing for the new knowledge jobs, the wealth they generate and the enhanced quality of life such jobs create.

Not surprisingly, a whole new world economy based not on manufacturing or even service provision, but on knowledge or more precisely, creativity and innovation is taking shape. And education is critical key to meeting the challenges of this new economy.

To make matters equally complicated, the rapid advance of technology has dramatically changed the job market. Over 10 years ago, in a book, called The Jobs Revolution: Changing How America Works, former U.S. Secretary of Education Richard Riley predicted, "The top 10 in-demand jobs in the future don't exist today. We are currently preparing students for jobs that don't yet exist, using technologies that haven't been invented, in order to solve problems we don't even know are problems yet."

According to a more recent report in theMIT Technology Review, nearly half of all existing jobs are vulnerable to machines--to applications using information technology. By one estimate reported in a 2015 Oxford University study, 47% of current jobs will disappear by 2033.

Sadly, if America does not capture the high ground in this effort to transform education, we will continue to lose the high paying jobs to outsourcing and off shoring which our "flat world" has fostered. Our graduates will not find the work they want and need; the purchasing power of the average family will continue its downward spiral and the state of America's prowess in both the economic and political arena will be lost forever.

California Is Uniquely Positioned to Take the Lead

Initially launched in 2011 after a California Team attended the Education Leaders Institute sponsored by the National Endowment of the Arts, California State Superintendent of Public Instruction, Tom Torlakson announced that he would publish a “Blueprint for Creative Education” to be written by a Task Force of appointees from the Create CA coalition.

This year, after almost three years of debate and discussion by artists and art teachers, school principals and administrators and public policy gurus, CREATE CA, was established and published A Blueprint for Creative Schools to address the full inclusion of arts into the California public education system.

Importantly CREATE CA is a statewide coalition including the Superintendents (CCSESA), the California Alliance for Arts Education (CAAE), the California Department of Education (CDE), the California Arts Council (CAC), the California State PTA, and other organizations and individuals. It was also the organization that released he “Blueprint for Creative Schools,” a "how to" for schools to reinvent themselves for the new economy.

This is not just another government report destined to gather dust. It is a well thought-out set of recommendations and an action-oriented directive. Special thanks to the hard work of the task force's leadership and the philanthropy of the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation, this report has real meat, structure and direction.

Together with what California has already accomplished in the last two years, this effort to fashion a "robust 21st century model of arts education will become the center -piece for creative education K-12." Citing an 18-month major report by President Obama's Committee on the Arts and Humanities, CREATE CA recognized that "The arts embody creativity and, as such, are taking a central role in many national studies."

The Blueprint has recommendations that touch on every aspect of teaching and learning in all K-12 schools, but what makes this effort most compelling is the commitment to develop a long term agenda, insure sustainability and create a program of assessment and accountability.

Significant also is the creation of a permanent staff and a management structure that brings all the major organizations together and broadly markets arts education advocacy to the greater public.


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