According to author Hannah Hudson in her article, How Art Class Can Benefit the Brain in a Big Way, “In recent years, as testing pressures have increased and a greater emphasis has been placed on core curriculum like reading and math, there’s been a sideline conversation about the role of the arts in K–12 education and their overall value in preparing students for the future.”
And in fact, many schools across the country have seen their arts programs trimmed or disappear altogether! But, is this the right decision?
Erroneously considered an “extra” in education, The Arts are actually a crucial component in the development of higher order thinking skills such as analysis, synthesis, evaluation, and problem-finding.
According to First Lady Michelle Obama, a tireless proponent of The Arts, “Learning through The Arts reinforces critical academic skills in reading, language arts, and math, and provides students with the skills to creatively solve problems.”
All of these skills are directly transferable to other school subjects – from math, to physics, to language learning — creating consistently more successful students.
“Studies show that art-centered schools outscore non-art-centered schools in academic achievement scores,” says Lynda Resnick of the Huffington Post. “Art education can actually help the brain to rewire itself, to make stronger and more plentiful neural connections, and can help build memory skills. Self-discipline, intuition, reasoning, imagination, and dexterity are just a few of the other benefits of an art-filled education, especially for primary school students.”
From music, to drama, to graphic design, The Arts can also provide students with a “language” that all people can understand – cutting across racial, cultural, social, educational, and economic barriers.
But, what’s a parent to do if their child’s school has already cut The Arts from its curriculum?
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