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"…we need to question the entire idea of “subjects”. For generations, we have promoted the idea that the arts, the sciences, the humanities, and the rest are categorically different from each other. The truth is that they have much in common. There is great skill and objectivity in the arts, just as there is passion and intuition at the heart of science. The idea of separate subjects that have nothing in common offends the principle of dynamism.

School systems should base their curriculum not on the idea of separate subjects, but on the much more fertile idea of disciplines. Math, for example, isn’t just a set of information to be learned but a complex pattern of ideas, practical skills and concepts. It is a discipline – or rather a set of disciplines. So too are drama, art, technology and so on.The idea of disciplines makes possible a fluid and dynamic curriculum that is interdisciplinary.

Author: Ken Robinson
Context: The Element: How Finding Your Passion Changes Everything (Publisher: Allen Lane 2009)

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