In celebration of California Arts Education Week (Sep 8-14), this week’s posts will all focus on arts education.
This post, written by Fran Smith at Edutopia.com, offers a compelling case for growing arts in education in our nation’s classrooms. Some of the more salient points she makes are:
- Due to the arts cutbacks in the ’70’s and ’80’s, we now have a whole generation of teachers and parents who were not exposed to the arts during their education, making it difficult for them to understand the value that the arts contribute to becoming a well-rounded individual.
- Arts education enables children from a financially challenged background to have a more level playing field with children of means, who are often exposed to the arts outside of classrooms via their parents and family.
- Years of research show that arts education is linked closely with almost everything that we as a nation say we want for our children and demand from our schools: academic achievement, social and emotional development, civic engagement, and equitable opportunity.
I’d agree with all of those and more. The post then goes into great detail about specific educators who are challenging the status quo of reduced arts education, and how they are bringing arts back into their schools.