As the American education system strives to catch its students up to science and math standards in other countries (find more statistics here), plenty of educators and organizations are still reminding us that arts education is important too.
A recent Washington Post article listed 10 important skills students with arts education develop: creativity, confidence, problem solving, perseverance, focus, non-verbal communication, receiving constructive feedback, collaboration, dedication and accountability.
Edutopia says, “Years of research show that it’s closely linked to 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” (see full article).
Luckily, there are many nonprofit organizations in the arts who are trying to make up the difference. Some schools counteract the decreased emphasis on arts education by offering art clubs and other related extra curricular activities after school. We visited one school last week whose art club students had worked after school to paint pictures to hang in the school’s organic garden, working across subject areas to bring art and science together. Projects like these are happening all across the country. Thanks to help from adults inside and outside of our schools, many students won’t have to forgo the arts.