I have been giving this question a great deal of thought as I teach my classes. I consider GenEd to include those skills and traits I want to instill in my students that help them to be among other things problem solvers. I also believe that problem solving is often a collaborative effort and to work collaboratively one needs a method of communicating ideas. As children before real language develops we communicate with hand motions and gestures, expressions on our faces. Before we can write we pick up a crayon and we scribble…. these scribbles eventually become shapes.
Eventually these shapes become geometry our scribbles become sentences we begin to develop our GenEd skill set. As adults we all continue to write, to speak and do math. Why do some of us continue to draw and others not?
As an Architect one of my most cherished problem solving and communication skills is my ability to draw. I am so connected to it that my problem solving suffers when I do not have a pencil in my hand. Every day working with my students the one ability I most want to see them develop and nurture is their ability to problem solve and communicate through drawing.
So I ask the question: Is Drawing GenEd?