More CEOs & Executives on Music Education Advocacy

In a previous post, we noted an impressive list of Canadian high-tech industry CEOs that endorsed arts education as a necessity in developing creative, innovative minds needed for their organizations. The list of quotes below regarding the need for music and arts education from a  business perspective comes from the Music Educators of Berks County website:

“The purpose of education is not simply to inform but to enrich and enlighten, to provide insights into life as it had been led and as it may be led. No element of the curriculum is better suited to that task than arts education…The arts take us beyond pragmatic concerns of the moment and give us a glimpse of human possibility.”

— David Kearns, now retired Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Xerox Corporation

“It’s a given that today’s employee has to have basic skills. But superior skills are needed to survive competitively in the global context. Acquiring them has to begin as early as possible in a child’s education, and we see that it comes through arts education. We are not doing justice to our economy or our children if they don’t get that in the K through 12 context.”

— Dan Lacy, corporate Vice President for Communications, Ashland, Inc.

“We see a tremendous need for workers who are creative, analytical, disciplined, and self-confident. And we believe that hands-on participation in the arts is one of the best ways to develop these leadership abilities in young people.”

— Jane Polin, Manager of the G.E. Fund

“The arts enrich communities and employees, and also stimulate the kind of intellectual curiosity our company needs to stay competitive.”

–Norman R. Augustine, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Martin Marietta Corporation

For the future of our children and our communities, we must find new ways to engage students in the learning process. The arts can be a powerful vehicle through which to challenge young people’s minds, stir their creativity, instill discipline and build self-esteem.”

–Lawrence A. Hough, President and Chief Executive Officer, Sallie Mae

“The U.S. Department of Labor issued a report in 1991 urging schools to teach for the future workplace. The skills they recommended (working in teams, communication, self-esteem, creative thinking, imagination, and invention) are exactly those learned in school music and arts education programs.”

— 1991 SCANS Report, U.S. Department of Commerce.

“The nation’s top business executives agree that arts education programs can help repair weaknesses in American education and better prepare workers for the 21st center.”

— “The Changing Workplace is Changing Our View of Education,” Business Week, October 1996.

“We believe the skills the arts teach–creative thinking, problem-solving and risk-taking, and teamwork and communication–are precisely the tools the workforce of tomorrow will need. If we don’t encourage students to master these skills through quality arts instruction today, how can we ever expect them to succeed in their highly competitive business careers tomorrow?”

— Richard Gurin, former President and Chief Executive Officer, Binney and Smith, maker of Crayola crayons

“The arts can communicate with the effect and impact that captivate young people. Dance, music, and writing–they facilitate an environment conducive to learning and creativity. It’s here that we can start to turn the tide as members of the corporate community.”

–Michael R. Bowlin, Chief Executive Officer, ARCO

“The need for improving education is well-accepted. There is no better way to achieve this goal than through an understanding of and appreciation for the arts.”

–Arthur Y. Ferrara, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, The Guardian Life Insurance Company

“We live in an age increasingly ruled by science and technology, a fact that only underscores the need for more emphasis on the arts . . . A grounding in the arts will help our children see; to bring a uniquely human perspective to science and technology. In short, it will help them as they grow smarter to also grow wiser.”

— Robert E. Allen, former Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, AT&T Corporation

“I believe that there is a place for the arts–music, dance, drawing, painting, writing–in the school curriculum. In the elementary grades, the arts are a valuable component in broadening a child’s mind and talents. In secondary school, the arts provide a sense of history, connecting the past to the present. When a student reaches college, a liberal arts education teaches not just clear but creative, innovative thinking. That’s the kind of individual I’m interested in recruiting for Chase: one who can think conceptually, write well and–perhaps most importantly– bring a creative outlook to the conference-room table.”

— Willard C. Butcher, former Chairman of the Board of The Chase Manhattan Corporation

“Business also benefits from education in the arts. Successful companies in our emerging global economy need more than technicians. Appreciation of music and related arts bridges the gap among societies and offers young people valuable lessons in cooperation and sensitivity to others.”

— William E. LaMothe, former Chairman of the Board and Chief Executive Officer, Kellogg Company

“We must encourage our youngsters in such pursuits as music education. In addition to learning the valuable lesson that it takes hard work to achieve success, no matter what the arena, music education can provide students with a strong sense of determination, improved communication skills, and a host of other qualities essential for successful living.”

— Edward H. Rensi, former Chief Operations Officer, President and Chief Operating Officer, U.S.A. McDonald’s Corporation

“The creative arts provide us with a unique and vital perspective about our world. . . . I want to work with people whose imaginations have been unleashed and who tackle problems as challenges rather than see them as obstacles. An education enriched by the creative arts should be considered essential for everyone.”

— John Sculley, former Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Apple Computer, Inc.

“Music and the arts help children grow and learn in multiple ways, and they are vital to educating our nation’s children.”

— Anne Dowling, President of the Texaco Foundation

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